Contributory or Disruptive: Do New Forms of Philanthropy Erode Democracy?

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Philanthropists have championed new causes and new forms of public goods and ultimately sought state support for them.  Disruptive philanthropy is any activity that through the magnitude of donations either explicitly or by consequence alters the public conversation about which social issues matter, sets an agenda for how they matter, and specifies who is the preferred provider of services to address these issues without any engagement with the deliberative processes of civil society. Disruptive philanthropy seeks to shape civic values in the image of funders’ interests and, in lieu of soliciting public input, seeks to influence or change public opinion and demand. More information is available here.

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

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