Friday, November 15

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reforming Philanthropy in America: Top-down, Bottom-up, or in Between?

Location: Salon A-2 (Lower Level)

There is steady conversation in our sector about the need for a “reckoning” with the history and the practices of philanthropy in America with some concluding that that the entire philanthropic “system” has become deeply ineffective and requires serious, systemic reform. Some advocate that the most effective means of reform is through the policy/regulatory process. Others suggest that philanthropy should “lead with its principles,” defining a new, values-driven, self-regulatory framework that can fundamentally alter the ways philanthropy works. This conversation will explore the issues at play in the current debate, examine specific approaches and proposals for reform, and seek input from the community on whether this ongoing debate is pointed at the most pressing problems facing philanthropy in America today.

Hosted by Independent Sector

Fetzer Institute
Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Public Policy Program
Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and Professor of Nonprofit Management at North Park University