The Atlantic

Philanthropy Serves the Status Quo

What if powerful foundations pushed for radical, large-scale change?
Source: Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters

Most Americans give money to charity. They donate to local food banks, foreign disaster-relief funds, museums, and animal rescues. They drop bills into church collections and the cups homeless people hold out on the street. They contribute to GoFundMe pages to pay for medical expenses or college tuition. But in recent years, Americans of average means have started donating smaller portions of their paychecks, or not donating at all—even as overall charitable donations have climbed to record numbers, driven by wealthy people and foundations.

These widening class disparities in charitable giving echo America’s broader economic inequalities. And Rob Reich, a Stanford political-science, argues that the policies that govern donations in the United States actually help entrench wealth and influence where they already reside.

Você está lendo uma amostra, registre-se para ler mais.

Mais de The Atlantic

The AtlanticLeitura de 4 minsCrime & Violence
America’s Shadow Death Row
The government does not exclusively kill people who are on death row. It condemns many to die by drone strike.
The AtlanticLeitura de 4 minsPolitical Ideologies
I Never Expected to See It Here
As I sat in my Capitol Hill office two weeks ago, watching a violent mob storm the symbol and seat of our democracy, I was reminded of my distant past. As a child, I saw my birth country of Somalia descend from relative stability into civil war, over
The AtlanticLeitura de 4 minsPolitics
Can Abolition Work in an Age of Right-Wing Extremism?
Punishment can radicalize and further alienate people, while social policy and grassroots community building can defuse potential violence.