May 4, 2021
In this episode we talk to Denis Mizne, CEO of Lemann Foundation
- Brazil’s largest educational funder – about philanthropy in
Brazil during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Lemann Foundation’s
pivot to supporting vaccine trials in the country. Including:
- How and why did Lemann Foundation get involved in Covid vaccine
- How does this fit with the foundations normal focus on
education and leadership, and will it result in any shift of focus
- Is there a danger that ongoing controversies about the
Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and about the distribution of vaccines
more broadly will have a knock-on impact on trust in
Education & Leadership
- How has the Covid pandemic affected education in Brazil and
what has Lemann Foundation done in response?
- Will the pandemic have a lasting impact on children’s education
in the country and how is the foundation adapting its strategy to
- A key focus of Lemann Foundation’s funding is developing
leadership- what is the theory behind this?
- Are their challenges when it comes to assessing the impact of
leadership development, where timescales may be very long-term and
outcomes may be widely dispersed and difficult to link to
- Are foundations uniquely well-placed to follow these kinds of
Philanthropy in Brazil
- What does the landscape of philanthropy in Brazil look like?
E.g. how much HNWI giving is there? How much mass market giving?
What role does corporate philanthropy play? What role do
- What kind of domestic causes receive philanthropic funding in
Brazil? Is there any cross-border giving to other countries?
- What is the attitude of the Brazilian government towards civil
society in general?
- What is the attitude of the Brazilian government towards
- What is the attitude of the Brazilian public towards
Philanthropy in Wider Context
- What is the core role of philanthropy within society which
differentiates it from either state or market provision?
- Do recent critiques of philanthropy in the US and elsewhere
resonate in the Brazilian context?
- Why should we not see philanthropy as the “solution” to
intractable social problems in isolation, and how do we get better