Nov 12, 2019
In episode 60 we look at the relationship between philanthropy,
diveristy and inclusion, and in particular at what we can learn
from the historic role that philathropy has played in campaigns for
social change about some of its strengths and weaknesses when it
comes to driving greater diversity and inclusion. Including:
- Overcoming the ‘tyranny of the majority’: philanthropy and
civil society plurality as a means of giving voice to
- Is philanthropy particularly good at accepting the political
and reputational risks required to support unpopular or
marginalised causes and bring them into the mainstream?
- Does philanthropy have a longer-term time horizon than the
public or private sector, and does this make it better at sticking
- Does the fact that philanthropy is not accoutable to voters or
shareholders make it able to take the risks necessary to drive
- Why should we be alarmed about suggestions that philatropy
should be measured against public opinion?
- Can appreciating the historic campaigning role of philanthroypy
and civil society help us to counter current political anitpathy
and the worrying “closing space for civil society” around the
- Why is the process of philanthropy important, as well as the
outcomes it produces? Can it teack people vital civic skills, or
create greater social cohesion?
- Is philanthropy too paternalistic, and too often about
decisions being made about marginalise communities rather than by
- Can philanthropy obscure the need for more radical reform?
- Why is the disctinction between charity and justice so
- Can philanthropy lead to ‘hyper-pluralism’, where vast range of
smaller idenitiy groups emerge and end up obscuring the bigger
picture of an issue?
- The history of the anti –slavery movement: long-termism and
creating a borad base of support
- The fight for civil rights: how did philanthropists go against
the status quo, and how do institutions interact with
- Women’s rights: what role did philathropy play in paving the
way for universal suffrage, and did it also work against women’s
fight for the vote?
- LGBTQ+ rights: the battle between pragmatism vs idealism, and
does mainstream funding bring legitimacy as well as financial
- Disability Rights: “nothing about us without us” and the
importance of giving marginalised communities power to claim their
rights, rather than relying on charity.
Presentation slides on Philanthropy, Diversity &
Philanthropy Help or Hinder Democracy?”, Giving Thought
Goss’s paper on philanthropy and the feminist movement
-LGBT Funders paper on “40
Years of LGBT Philanthropy 1970-2010”
-The British Library, “A
short history of LGBT rights in the UK”
Disability History Timeline”