Does Big Philanthropy Undermine Democracy & Civil Society? A Live Debate

Wed Nov 30, 2016
The David Brower Center
$5 - $10
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Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Bay Area, Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), and California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) present:

Philanthropy 3D: Debate + Dialogue + Denouement

Join us as leading figures in philanthropy debate the motion:

Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy and Civil Society

As tax-exempt private organizations that exercise power in the public sphere with nominal democratic controls and accountability to the public, do mega-foundations reinforce the anti-democratic effects of wealth inequality and weaken civil society? Or are the concerns overblown given the record of these organizations?

For The Motion:

Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Executive Director, Solidaire
Austin Belali, Director of the Youth Engagement Fund, Democracy Alliance

Against The Motion:

Jane Wales, CEO, World Affairs Council and Global Philanthropy Forum
Larry Kramer, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Moderated By:

Dana Lanza, CEO of Confluence Philanthropy


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