28 November 2019

In episode 61, Rhod reports back on a recent trip to the 48th annual ARNOVA conference for philanthropy and non-profit researchers in San Diego. Including:

  • What were the key themes being discussed at the conference?
  • What came up in the main plenary debate on “promises and perils of philanthropy in a polarized world?”
  • Highlights from other paper sessions and debates, including:
    • Findings on public trust
    • Young people’s attitudes to charity representations on social media
    • A fascinating historical example of radical movement funding
    • How representative bodies can shape our understanding of what the charity sector is.
  • How much do US non-profit issues and critiques apply elsewhere?
  • What can we do to connect the academic study of philanthropy better with practice and policy?
  • How can academics get better at disseminating their work to practitioners, and how can practitioners get better at paying attention to academia?
  • Is there an important role for non-profit “think tanks” in bridging the gap?
  • What does the academic study of philanthropy encompass?
  • Does philanthropy suffer from cutting across traditional academic disciplines?
Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri



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