Philanthropy and transparency, with Fran Perrin

17 July 2018

Rhodri chats to Fran Perrin, founder and Director of the Indigo Trust, founder of 360Giving, former government policy advisor and member of the famously philanthropic Sainsbury family, about promoting transparency in philanthropy. Topics touched on include:

  • Why transparency is valuable
  • When transparency might not be such a good thing
  • Are foundations and philanthropists resistant to transparency?
  • How can technology help people and communities, and how can it cause harm?
  • Does philanthropy take enough risks?
  • How do you address the imbalance of power between donor and recipient?
  • What policy changes are needed to boost the culture of philanthropy?
  • The value of “meta-philanthropy” (i.e. philanthropy aimed at supporting more philanthropy)
  • The role of upbringing in instilling a sense of philanthropic 'duty'

About the Giving Thought podcast

The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.  Since launching in May 2017, the podcast has become recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate. 

In each episode Rhodri Davies, Director of our Giving Thought Think Tank, and guests, take a contemporary issue in philanthropy and civil society and break it down into three manageable chunks, giving an overview of the extensive work they have done on the subject.  Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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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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