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Plenary Session: The Promises and Perils of Philanthropy in a Polarized World

Thu, November 21, 9:30 to 10:45am, Harbor Ballroom

Session Submission Type: Colloquium


The opening plenary to the 2019 ARNOVA conference answers the conference call to grapple with the role of our sector as it relates to dichotomies and dualisms. Specifically, the plenary focuses on the dichotomies and dualisms in nonprofit, philanthropy, and voluntary action (including civil society) that lead to loss of civil discourse, challenges to democratic norms and practices, and violent acts against the “other.” A panel of leading scholars and practitioners will critically assess how contemporary acts of “big money” philanthropy have led to (or not) the promotion of democratic values. Following this critical examination, the panel will share their views on the changing roles and responsibilities of philanthropy (and philanthropists) in democratic societies.