ABSOLUTELY NO-ONE: What has really been missing this week is some thoughts about the Notre Dame tragedy & what it says about philanthropy...
ME: Just back from holiday- did someone say THREAD?!
Though fair warning- the thread is fairly long...
And i think it’s important to distinguish a few distinct points being made. (1/)
-Philanthropy in general is the problem, as it’s irrational and dictated by emotional factors
-Arts/culture in particular are the problem, because they are ‘easier to fundraise for’ but have less ‘moral worth’ (3/)
-tax relief (4/)
The important qn here is: Do we see this as a failing of philanthropy, or of our own expectations? (8/)
Discuss... <puts on tin helmet ⛑️> (14/)
But whilst there is an important point here, it also elides some important distinctions. (17/)
Just that repairing a building & solving poverty are v different fundraising asks and require different sorts of philanthropy. (20/)
("Hooray", i hear you cry...) (21/)
E.g. This thing I wrote about the C19th brewing industry using philanthropy to burnish their public image: medium.com/@cafonline/mee… (22/)
A few thoughts on that before I leave. (25/)
(Though I’m not naive enough to believe this isn’t an issue in plenty of cases). (26/)
Long and short of it is that Notre Dame story contains immense amount to unpack in terms of philanthropy issues, but a lot of nuance seems in danger of getting lost on the ideological battleground.