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Philanthropisms is the podcast that puts philanthropy in context. Through conversations with expert guests and deep dives into topics, host Rhodri Davies explores giving throughout history, the key trends shaping generosity around the world today and what the future might hold for philanthropy. Contact:


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Philanthropisms is the podcast that puts philanthropy in context. Through conversations with expert guests and deep dives into topics, host Rhodri Davies explores giving throughout history, the key trends shaping generosity around the world today and what the future might hold for philanthropy. Contact:




Connecting Philanthropy Academia & Practice #1 (in partnership with ERNOP)

This episode is the first of what will hopefully be a regular series, in partnership with the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP), in which we discuss their quarterly Research Notes. This is a new project that will produce short, accessible summaries of recent academic research relating to philanthropy, with the aim of bringing research to a wider audience of practitioners, policymakers and others. In this initial episode, Rhod talks briefly to Barry Hoolwerf, Executive...


Emma Beeston & Beth Breeze - Advising Philanthropists

In this episode Rhod talks to philanthropy adviser Emma Beeston and academic Dr Beth Breeze about their new book Advising Philanthropists. Including: Related Links: Advising PhilanthropistsThe University of Kent Centre for Philanthropy Masters in Philanthropic StudiesIn Defence of PhilanthropyEmma's websiteEmma on the Charity Impact Podcast with Alex BlakeInside Philanthropy "Lifting the Curtain on Philanthropy AdvisingShedding some light on philanthropy advisingYou’re the Philanthropist...


Tris Lumley (NPC): Open Philanthropy

On this episode, as part of our occasional mini-series in partnership with NPC, we talk to Tris Lumley about open philanthropy: what it is, why it is important, and how we make it happen. Including: Related Links NPC's Open Philanthropy projectCore Cost FundingMeasuring ImpactAngela Kail Dan CorryPhilanthropisms podcast episode with Sadaf Shallwani.


Claire Dunning: Philanthropy, State & Society in the US

In this episode we talk to historian and political scientist Claire Dunning about her book Nonprofit Neighborhoods: An urban history of inequality and the American state, and her work on the history of radical philanthropy in Boston. Including: -What are the “nonprofit neighborhoods” described in the book? -Can participation in nonprofits become an alternative to involvement in the mainstream structures of civic participation, rather than a route into them? Does this undermine the...


Jake Ferguson & Vanessa Thomas, Baobab Foundation: Creating a new kind of philanthropic funder

In this episode Rhod talks to Jake Ferguson and Vanessa Thomas, two of the Committee members of the Baobab Foundation - a new member-led endowed grantmaker that is seeking to address issues of systemic racism and intersectional injustice in the UK. Including: Related Links: Baobab FoundationPhilanthropisms podcast with Sara Slaughter and Derek MitchellPhilanthropisms podcast with Derek BardowellPhilanthropisms podcast with Sadaf ShallwaniWPM article on charities and politics


Profit and Purpose? Philanthropy's relationship with business

In this episode we take a deep dive into the relationship between philanthropy and business. Commercial ventures have always played a key role in generating wealth for people to give away through philanthropy, but is there more to it than that? And what are the promises and pitfalls of trying to combine profit with purpose? Including: Related Links Why Philanthropy Matters Guide to the history of philanthropy and businessThe Business of Philanthropy: Patagonia and non-profit corporate...


2023 Predictions for Philanthropy & Civil Society

In our last episode of the year, we take a look at some of the key issues and trends affecting philanthropy and civil society right now and offer some thoughts on what to watch out for in 2023. Including: Related Links Philanthropisms episode on the downfall of Sam Bankman-FriedVox How effective altruism let Sam Bankman-Fried happenWPM Nov 2022 newsletterPhilanthropisms episode on the Cost-of-Living Crisis (with Angela Kail from NPC)Philanthropisms episode on platform philanthropyWPM...


Too Much Philanthropy News! (The downfall of Sam Bankman-Fried, plus Bezos's big pledge & Scott's latest gifts).

In this episode we take a look at a few of the biggest stories from what has been a notable newsworthy couple of weeks for philanthropy - focusing on the fallout from the spectacular implosion of crypto billionaire and high profile Effective Altruist Sam Bank-Fried. We also take a look at a big philanthropy pledge from Jeff Bezos and the latest on Mackenzie Scott's radical no-strings-attached big giving. Including: SBF: Scott & Bezos Related Content Alliance Magazine Effectively over:...


Sara Slaughter & Derek Mitchell: Proximity and Radical Humility in Grantmaking

In this episode, Rhodri talks to Sara Slaughter, Executive Director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, and Derek Mitchell, CEO of Partners in Schools Innovation about their relationship as funder and grantee, and how they have worked together to move towards to a new focus on equity and justice. Including: Related Content Building trust with grantees with ‘radical humility’”Equity as a VerbW. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation websitePartners in Schools Innovation...


Philanthropy, Gratitude & Recognition

In this episode we explore whether it is always necessary to say thank you for a philanthropic gift, whether it might sometimes be problematic, and the implications of how we choose to recognise donations. Including: less RELATED LINKS: Philanthropisms podcast episode with Emma Saunders-HastingsPhilanthropisms podcast episode on tainted donationsPhilanthropisms podcast episode on the philosophy of philanthropyPhilanthropisms podcast episode with Ben SoskisA Modern Lear"Charity" by Skunk...


Martha Lackritz-Peltier: Technology, International Development & Cross-Border Giving

In this episode, Rhod talks to Martha Lackritz-Peltier, General Counsel of nonprofit technology specialist TechSoup, about using tech to overcome some of the barriers to cross-border giving and the localization of international development. Including: Related Links TechSoup's websiteNGOSource on TwitterDue Diligence in an Increasingly Remote WorldPhilanthropisms podcast with Sadaf Shallwani from Firelight FoundationThe Platformisation of PhilanthropyCryptophilanthropy: Boom or Bust?


The Cost of Living Crisis: with Angela Kail (NPC)

In this episode Rhodri is joined by Angela Kail (Director of Consulting at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)) to take a look at the growing cost of living crisis in the UK (and beyond), and what means for philanthropy, grantmaking and the work of civil society organisations. Including: Impact on charity finances Increased demand for services Impact on everyday giving more Impact on HNW philanthropy Impact on grantmaking Related Links: Confronting the Cost of Living Resource HubNPC...


Emma Saunders-Hastings: Philanthropy, Inequality & Democracy

In this episode we talk to political philosopher Emma Saunders-Hastings about her new book Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality and some of the big questions that philanthropy raises for philosophers and political theorists. Including: Related Links: Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality“Send Back the Bloodstained Money”: Frederick Douglass on Tainted GiftsBoston ReviewImposing conditions on gifts to poor people can be...


Derek Bardowell - Philanthropy, Justice & Giving Back

In this episode we talk to Derek Bardowell, CEO of Ten Years Time Ltd and author of new book Giving Back: How to do good better, We discuss why our understanding of philanthropy needs to shift from a mindset of charity to one of justice, and what this means for donors and grantmakers. Including: Related Links: Giving Back: How to Do Good, BetterTen Year's TimeDerek on the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast with Ed Milliband and Geoff LloydPhilanthropisms episode with Tyrone McKinley...


Charles Keidan - Philanthropy Journalism & Key Issues in Civil Society

In this episode we talk to Charles Keidan, editor of Alliance magazine, about why we need philanthropy journalism and what some of the key issues are in civil society right now. Including: Related Links Alliance Magazine websiteSunday Times Prince Charles accepted €1m cash in suitcase from sheikhThe Alliance magazine article about the same storAlliance It’s time to ditch the mantra of trust-based philanthropyIs the trust-based philanthropy bubble about to burst?Can we agree to disagree...


Tainted Donations: Can you do good with bad money?

In this episode we explore the long history of concerns that some money may be "tainted", and ask what this means for philanthropy now and in the future. Including: Related links: Philliteracy thread on the history of tainted donationsA Brief History of Satirising PhilanthropyPhilanthropisms episode on Platform PhilanthropyPhilanthropisms episode on CryptophilanthropyPhilanthropisms episode with Ben SoskisSend Back the Bloodstained Money”: Frederick Douglass on Tainted Gifts"Banking for...


David P. King: Faith & Philanthropy

In this episode we discuss the links between religion, faith and giving with David P. King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School on Philanthropy at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indiana. Including: Related Links: The Lake Institute on Faith and GivingDavid's profile pageConversationWhy Faith Inspires People to GiveGiving 2021: Pandemic lessons and the future of religious...


Cryptophilanthropy: boom or bust?

In this episode we take a look at the opportunities and challenges that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology bring for giving and ask: is cryptophilanthropy a boom market, or a busted flush? Including: Related Topics Rhod's work on crypto and blockchain for CAFNetworking Opportunities: Rediscovering Decentralisation in Philanthropy and Civil Society?Wall Street JournalWhy some charities are rethinking cryptocurrency donationsPhilanthropisms podcast 2022 PredictionsThe Giving Block...


Tyrone McKinley Freeman: Madam C. J. Walker & the History of Black Philanthropy

In this episode we talk to Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI about his book "Madam C. J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow" and about the history and current context of Black philanthropy. Including: Madam C. J. Walker: Blurred Lines Civil Rights Education Women's Philanthropy The Role of Philanthropoids The History of Black Philanthropy Related Links: Gospel...


Philanthropy and Disaster Response

In this episode, in light of recent high-profile disasters in places like Ukraine, Afghanistan and Tigray, we take a look at the long-standing relationship between philanthropy and disaster response. Including: History: Psychology & Economics decreaseCurrent Context Related Links: Philliteracy thread about the history of disaster relief fundsReading list on history of disaster relief fundsRoddy, S., Strange, J., & Taithe, B. (2019).The Charity Market and Humanitarianism in Britain,...