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Cultivating Legitimacy in Philanthropy

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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