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Does Big Philanthropy Threaten Democracy?

Apr 18, 2018
CATEGORY: Society, U.S.A.

Stanford political science professor Rob Reich talks about philanthropy and democracy at Aspen Ideas 2017.

Sizable donations to philanthropic foundations and institutions can tackle problems that the government and private sector can't address. But large gifts can also be a threat to democracy. Philanthropic organizations are oddities in a democracy. The large gifts they take in come with little accountability, preferences from donors (sometimes in perpetuity), and generous tax subsidies. Rob Reich, co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford, wonders if giving is a way to convert private wealth into public influence.

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