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Both philanthropy and the public good often get a pass because we assume they are intrinsically positive. Indeed, philanthropists get mileage out of the common assumption that they contribute their money to advance a collective idealized notion of the public good. Yet, we also know that debates about what is the good, who is our neighbor, and what is good for the public has lasted for centuries. While deeply ethical and religious questions, the professionalization of philanthropy and public policy have framed the bounds of the public good more through the bureaucratization of giving and development than to ethical foundation on which such actions are based and can be evaluated. Questions of ethical and religious foundation and evaluation are rooted in the humanities and made empirical with the benefit of social science.

 

photo of david kingDavid King; Lake Institute on Faith and Giving; Philanthropy; IUPUI; kingdp@iupui.edu

 

 

photo of raymond haberski jrRaymond Haberski Jr.; History/American Studies; Liberal Arts; IUPUI; haberski@iupui.edu

 

 

 

Event Schedule:

 

"The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver's Guide to Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape"

Anne Snyder; Author and Editor-in-Chief of Comment Magazine

 

Thursday Sept. 26th 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Hall, Room 1006

Anne Snyder will speak about the role individual character plays in shaping philanthropic interests and how institutions that reflect such character can help the public good.

Since 2016, Snyder has directed The Philanthropy Roundtable‘s Character Initiative, a program that seeks to help American foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens, and a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum. From 2014 to 2017 Anne worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that she worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and international relations from Wheaton College (IL). Anne serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice, the Hyde Park Institute, and the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, and as an advisor to Sea Dog Theater. She has published widely, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, City Journal, Philanthropy Magazine, The Orange County Register, Houston Business Journal and elsewhere.

Please RSVP to cukester@iu.edu for lunch count.


 

Boundaries of Philanthropy

Michael Moody; Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University

Wednesday May 15th 12:00-1:30 PM

Location TBD

 


 

Philanthropy in History and Action

Ajay K. Mehrotra, Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

 

Thursday April 18th 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Hall, Room 5023

Mehrotra will speak on questions of taxation, charitable giving, and the best way to support the development of the public good.  

Please RSVP to David King (kingdp@iupui.edu) so reading materials can be provided and lunch ordered.

 


 

Introduction to seminar and definition of terms

 

Thursday March 21st 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Library, Ashby Browsing Room

Please RSVP to David King (kingdp@iupui.edu) so reading materials can be provided (Bruce Sievers’ article, “Philanthropy’s Role in Liberal Democracy,” ).  Lunch will be served.

  


 

Upcoming Fall Topics

  • Philanthropy and the City
  • Social Justic and Philanthropy
  • Future of Philanthropy