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In Defence of Philanthropy

Breeze, Beth (2021) In Defence of Philanthropy. Agenda, Newcastle, UK, 192 pp. ISBN 978-1-78821-260-1. E-ISBN 978-1-78821-262-5. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:96947)

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Running down ‘do-gooders’ has become a popular pastime in recent years. Lampooning, criticising and even attacking philanthropists for their charitable activities has become sport for journalists and academics alike. Big donors have been subjected to specific vilification as their acts are characterised as a mere means to self-aggrandisement or basic tax evasion. Yet, it is widely acknowledged that philanthropy has played a critical role in both developed and developing societies from the establishment of Carnegie Libraries in Victorian England to the global health interventions of the Gates Foundation. Arguably without philanthropists--big or small--society would be greatly impoverished and projects beyond the scope of government and the market would never receive funding.

In an impassioned defence of the role of philanthropy in society, Beth Breeze tackles the three key main critiques levelled at philanthropy and questions the rationale for undermining, disparaging and trivialising philanthropic acts. She contends that although it might be flawed, philanthropy is a sector that ought to be celebrated and championed so that an abundance of causes and interests can flourish.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Philanthropy, Philanthropists, Charitable giving, Fundraising
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV27 Philanthropists
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Beth Breeze
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2022 00:23 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 08:36 UTC
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