June 19th, 2017
hilanthropy amongst the mega-rich in the United States is booming, and—beyond “traditional charity”—much of it involves engaging in public policy debates on everything from education to climate change.
The opportunity to make a real difference on these issues is tangible. But there’s also a problem: Philanthropy isn’t accountable to voters as governments are, and the sheer scale of this trend in the United States can hinder democracy by tipping the scales of power further towards the super-wealthy and away from the ordinary people and communities.
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In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.