The Philanthropic Complex

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Is funding really fair? The funding process is supposed to support organizations that are interested in bringing about needed social change, but it seems more often than not organizations’ ideas are short-changed because they are beholden to the funder. Curtis White looks at the ins and outs of this tricky relationship.

In the fall of 2009 I was approached by Hal Clifford, executive editor of Orion Magazine, and asked to write an essay about American philanthropy, especially in relation to environmentalism. From the first I was dubious about the assignment. I said, “Not-for-profit organizations like you cannot afford to attack philanthropy because if you attack one foundation you may as well attack them all. You’ll be cutting your own throat.”

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Original article posted in the Jacobin, spring 2012 and written by Curtis White.

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