Current Events and Philanthropy / Philanthropy and Inequality

Let Down at the Ford Foundation

Editors’ Note: Against the backdrop of Ford Foundation President Darren Walker’s announced efforts to address inequalities on the global stage, HistPhil hosted a conversation this past August on the ability of philanthropy to address societal-wide inequities. At the Ford Foundation offices in NYC earlier this month, Walker discussed further his vision for the organization with Stanford political scientist Rob Reich (The … Continue reading

Current Events and Philanthropy / Philanthropy and Inequality

Ford Tackles Inequality?

Editors’ Note: Against the backdrop of Ford Foundation President Darren Walker’s announced efforts to address inequalities on the global stage, HistPhil hosted a conversation this past August on the ability of philanthropy to address societal-wide inequities. At the Ford Foundation offices in NYC earlier this month, Walker discussed further his vision for the organization with Stanford political scientist Rob Reich … Continue reading

From the Editors / Philanthropy and Education / Philanthropy and Inequality

Shifting Focus: From Inequality to Education

With Erica Kohl-Arenas’ recent piece, HistPhil‘s forum on inequality comes to an end. This is not to say that our attention toward the issue will wane; we still welcome contributions and discussions on the topic. But at the start of September, we’ll be moving on to a focus on another theme: the history of the … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Can Social Movements Tackle Inequality with Foundation Funding? The Case of the Farmworker Movement

Editors’ Note: Below, Erica Kohl-Arenas provides the final contribution for the site’s ongoing discussion on philanthropy & inequality.  Over the past month HistPhil has published a timely series on philanthropy and inequality. A few commentators, including Pablo Eisenberg and Alice O’Connor, proposed that if foundations are to seriously address inequality they must, among other things, invest … Continue reading

From the Editors / Philanthropy and Inequality

Reflecting on the Past 10 Years: U.S. Philanthropy’s Response to Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, The New York Times today published an in-depth analysis of how the city of New Orleans has changed since then, arguing: “The city that went under in the surging waters of Hurricane Katrina has not returned, not to the way it used to be.” Though the piece does not focus particularly on philanthropy, it … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

The Cycle of American Money: Making it, Giving It Away, Re-making the World

Editors’ Note: With the below post, Zoltan J. Acs continues HistPhil’s philanthropy & inequality forum. In the coming weeks, we’ll be moving on to our next forum on philanthropy & education. Please reach us if you’d like to contribute to either discussion. The foundations of the American ethos and mythos are that we are all created equal and that … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

How do Darren Walker’s Plans Compare with McGeorge Bundy’s Accomplishments at Ford?

Editors’ Note: In the below post, HistPhil co-founder Stanley N. Katz brings the site’s ongoing discussion on philanthropy & inequality in dialogue with Kai Bird’s The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms (Simon and Schuster, 1998). We have had a number of posts responding to Darren Walker’s recent articulation of … Continue reading

New Works in the Field / Philanthropy and Inequality

Do Foundations Co-opt Civil Rights Organizations?

Editors’ Note: With the below post, Megan Francis continues HistPhil’s philanthropy & inequality forum. In the coming weeks, we’ll be moving on to our next forum on philanthropy & education. Please reach us if you’d like to contribute to either discussion.   In 2015, protection of black bodies from state sanctioned violence remains an unmet challenge for … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Responding to the Forum on Philanthropy & Inequality

Editors’ Note: This past Friday, Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer reached out to co-editor Maribel Morey with some reactions to the ongoing forum on philanthropy & inequality. Below is a snapshot of their dialogue: KRAMER: Pablo Eisenberg’s response is the latest in what has been a line of surprisingly unhistorical and depressingly superficial posts. Most have … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Responding to Benjamin Soskis’s ‘New Gospel of Wealth’

Editors’ Note: In the below post, Pablo Eisenberg responds to Benjamin Soskis’s recent contribution to the site’s Philanthropy & Inequality Forum, “Does Ford’s Announcement Signal a New Gospel of Wealth?” Ben Soskis has raised some searching questions about the potential of new philanthropic initiatives to attack income and wealth inequality and to make major changes in our … Continue reading

New Works in the Field / Philanthropy and Inequality

Responding to Leah Gordon’s FROM POWER TO PREJUDICE (2015)

Editors’ Note: This spring, we asked Daniel Geary to review the second chapter of Leah Gordon’s recently-published book, From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America (U. of Chicago Press, 2015). Titled “‘Data and Not Trouble’: The Rockefeller Foundation and the Social Science of Race Relations,” this second chapter places particular attention on the history of the … Continue reading

New Works in the Field / Philanthropy and Inequality

By Focusing on the Individual, Foundations Have Missed the Mark on Racism

Editors’ Note: The following post by Leah Gordon continues the site’s ongoing discussion on philanthropy & inequality. Here, Gordon presents some of the key arguments in her recently-published book, From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America (U. of Chicago Press, 2015). In a subsequent post, Daniel Geary reviews the second chapter … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Does Ford’s Announcement Signal a New Gospel of Wealth?

Editors’ Note: HistPhil co-editor Benjamin Soskis continues the Philanthropy & Inequality Forum with the below post. One of the welcome, immediate consequences of the Ford Foundation’s recent announcement that it would focus its grant-making on eradicating inequality has been the flood of excellent writing on the subject of philanthropy and inequality that it has provoked—at HistPhil and elsewhere. I’ve … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

How Have Black Lives Mattered to American Philanthropy?

Editors’ Note: Karen Ferguson continues the philanthropy & inequality forum with the below post. She is the author of Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism.  It’s telling that I wrote a book on the Ford Foundation, the largest philanthropy of post-World War II America, yet when I was invited … Continue reading

From the Editors / Philanthropy and Inequality

Beyond HistPhil: Discussing the Ford Foundation’s Global Inequality Focus

This week’s contributors to the Philanthropy & Inequality Forum—particularly Alice O’Connor and I—made mention of the Ford Foundation’s recent announcement to make global inequality its principal grantmaking focus. Before moving on with the forum on Monday with contributions by Karen Ferguson, Leah Gordon, and Daniel Geary, here is a list of other pieces from various … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Is Ford’s Inequality Focus a Turning Point in the History of Philanthropy & Capitalism?

Editors’ Note: The philanthropy & inequality forum continues with this post by Alice O’Connor. Earlier contributors to this forum include HistPhil co-founder Maribel Morey and Faith Mitchell, president and CEO of Grantmakers in Health (GIH).  There are some refreshingly forthright things about Ford Foundation President Darren Walker’s announcement of the foundation’s intention to make inequality the central focus of grantmaking under … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Philanthropy is Capable of Addressing Inequality Effectively

Editors’ Note: Today, we begin a discussion on philanthropy and inequality with posts by HistPhil co-founder Maribel Morey and, below, by Faith Mitchell, president and CEO of Grantmakers in Health (GIH).  James Crawford, my great-great grandfather, was an American taxpayer who could not vote or own property. His children were able to attend school only when … Continue reading

Philanthropy and Inequality

Will Ford’s Equality Initiative Be Radical or More of the Same?

Editors’ Note: Taking the Ford Foundation’s equality program as a starting point of conversation, HistPhil is hosting a forum on the past and present relationship between philanthropy and inequality in the United States. Today, we begin this discussion with posts by HistPhil co-editor Maribel Morey and then by Faith Mitchell, president and CEO of Grantmakers in … Continue reading