Paul Brest and Hal Harvey Respond
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

Paul Brest and Hal Harvey Respond

Editors’ Note: HistPhil‘s forum on Paul Brest and Hal Harvey’s Money Well Spent (2008, 2018) has included contributions from Lily Geismer, David Hammack, Erica Kohl-Arenas, Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and HistPhil co-editor Maribel Morey. As suggested in the opening essay to this forum, these scholars have engaged critically and historically with the book, both as a cultural artifact in the practice … Continue reading

“Don’t Cry for Me, Organize!–Political Organizing, The Strength of Communities, or the Limits of Predictive Philanthropy
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

“Don’t Cry for Me, Organize!–Political Organizing, The Strength of Communities, or the Limits of Predictive Philanthropy

Editors’ Note: Concluding HistPhil‘s forum on Money Well Spent, Tiffany Willoughby-Herard reflects on the text, her scholarship on race and philanthropy, and her lived experiences in everyday life. Alluding to Money Well Spent’s subtitle, “A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy,” Willoughby-Herard recommends that the “best plan ‘for smart philanthropy’ would speak to the collective rather than the individual. And rather than solving … Continue reading

Philanthropic Poverty Action: A Brief History of Strategic Donor Behavior
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

Philanthropic Poverty Action: A Brief History of Strategic Donor Behavior

Editors’ Note: Erica Kohl-Arenas continues HistPhil‘s forum on Paul Brest and Hal Harvey‘s Money Well Spent (2008, 2018). Focusing on the authors’ analysis of philanthropic strategy and social change, Kohl-Arenas provides “some brief historical accounts to show how funders’ inability to solve the problems they set out to address is not necessarily due to lack of strategy—as Brest and … Continue reading

In a Democracy, Is That Really a Social Problem?
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

In a Democracy, Is That Really a Social Problem?

Editors’ Note: Adding to HistPhil’s forum on Money Well Spent, HistPhil co-editor Maribel Morey considers the democratic importance of pushing back against Paul Brest and Hal Harvey’s commitment to value neutrality throughout the book, and particularly in their discussion of social problems. Relating her historical work on Carnegie Corporation’s response to black nationalism in the 1920s, Morey stresses: “As democratic citizens—as human … Continue reading

Money Well Spent in Historical Context
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

Money Well Spent in Historical Context

Editors’ Note: Continuing HistPhil’s forum on the second edition of Paul Brest and Hal Harvey’s Money Well Spent (2018), David C. Hammack places the book’s first and second publications, respectively in 2008 and 2018, within a sweeping 300-year history of philanthropic manuals in the United States.  With the 2008 publication of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for … Continue reading

Metaphors of the Market and the Moment
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

Metaphors of the Market and the Moment

Editors’ Note: Contributing to HistPhil’s forum on Paul Brest and Hal Harvey’s Money Well Spent (2018), Lily Geismer places in historical context the authors’ emphasis on strategic philanthropy. Geismer concludes her analysis by suggesting that, as “the nation and world confront both new and persistent crises, it seems an important moment to consider the power and possibilities in looking to practices … Continue reading

Miles to Go
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

Miles to Go

Editors’ Note: With this post, Paul Brest and Hal Harvey launch HistPhil’s forum on the second edition of their book, Money Well Spent (2008, 2018). In a separate post, HistPhil co-editor Maribel Morey introduces the forum and its contributors. Below, Brest and Harvey reflect on changing intellectual currents among philanthropists and philanthropic organizations since their book’s first publication in 2008; and … Continue reading

Introducing HistPhil’s Forum on MONEY WELL SPENT
Money Well Spent (2nd Edition) Forum

Introducing HistPhil’s Forum on MONEY WELL SPENT

Editors’ Note: HistPhil co-editor Maribel Morey introduces HistPhil‘s forum on the second edition of Paul Brest and Hal Harvey’s Money Well Spent (2018), published earlier this summer. With this new edition, Morey reasons that it is “a great moment to engage critically and historically with the book, both as a cultural artifact in the practice of philanthropy and as a … Continue reading