Philanthropy and religion

18 October 2018

1) Faith as a factor in individual giving

  • Evidence from behavioural science
  • The role of places of worship in bring diverse communities together and making people aware of issues
  • Religious identity, communities of purpose and giving circles
  • Religious obligations to give: tithing, Tzedakah and Zakat

2) Organised religion and the evolution of charity

  • 1601 Statute of Charitable Uses: why wasn't religion included?
  • The 1891 Pemsel Case and the "four heads of charity"
  • US religious causes and closed congregations

3) Religion, philanthropy and civil society today

  • Is religion still the most popular cause?
  • Obligations to fund the monastic life in Myanmar and Thailand
  • The deep relationship between international aid and religion
  • Places of worship as community focal points and welfare providers
  • Is the world getting less religious or more?
  • Religious persecution

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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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