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Paul Vallely talks to Teresa Zolnierkiewicz about the trajectory of philanthropy.

What was decided at a secret meeting of the world’s richest men? Is philanthropy bad for democracy? Effective altruism: what could be wrong with that? Philanthrocapitalism: do its staggering successes make up for its serious shortcomings? All philanthropy is political – do you think about that? Could women philanthropists be an essential ingredient in the future of effective philanthropy? If you have ever asked yourself any one of these questions, then you have a friend in author Paul Vallely. 

The above are chapter and section headings (or the essence of these) from Vallely’s seminal work Philanthropy – from Aristotle to Zuckerberg. Vallely researches, explores, interrogates, and ultimately makes sense of the unease that everyone working in philanthropy must confront – whether receiving or allocating money – when they ponder the question: “Can the rich save the world?” or rather, “Are the rich saving only their own world and only for themselves?”

The product of a six–year research and writing project, Vallely’s book has…
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