It was really interesting to read about how philanthropy in Socail Justice often focusses on a specific issues, helping those affected by it and the root casue of it. This reminds me of Bryan Stevensons work that focusses on a specific problem, and helpignindividuals. This is so important because so often we diminish issues to one problem excluding specific problems and leaving individuals left behind.
One thing that stood out to me from these slides is how Andrew Carnegie donated 90 percent of his wealth. This makes me think about the richest people in our society now, such as Jeff Bezos, and how many of richest people in the world do not donate anywhere close to this amount. I wonder how much progress could be made if people like this were more altruistic.
I see that although Andrew Carnegie invested heavily in philanthropic efforts, there were not many wealthy people who did the same.
I think that we will need to do a lot of research into the organization we choose, to make sure that they are being as effective as possible.
I wonder where we would start our research into an organization, I feel like there's so much that we'd need to know.
How do Non-profits who spend lots of money on fundraising make the division between the amount of money they are willing to spend on the cause and how much goes to find possible donors? For example Saint Jude which is 6th largest US nonprofit on the list buys expensive air time during football games. How can they justify that?
I saw a lot of large contributions. Things that would cost a significant amount of money and investment- such as establishing a school or whole library. I thought that it was a very extreme, final, and possibly controversial move to make a statement saying that if a rich person is still so rich when they die then they are not honorable (I forget the actual word used). I wonder how many billionaires or very rich people actually die with like a more normal amount of money. I wonder how many rich people did what Carnegie said and gave away the majority of their money.
I see that there are several different ways and motivations of being philanthropic.
I think that effective altruism's focus aligns the most with my personal values.
I wonder which tradition of philanthropy is most effective for the issues that I am passionate about. Should the goal be to feed and house the homeless or should the goal be to give career opportunities for the homeless?
I see remnants of Andrew Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth beliefs in prominent philanthropists today, such as Bill and Melinda Gates's commitment to donate almost all of their money.
I think it's an advantage that philanthropy is such a diverse field, especially when it comes to effective altruists, and people who might answer differently if saving lives is more important than reducing suffering.
I wonder if accountability of foundations/corporations/philanthropic organizations is heavily checked.
I think Andrew Carnegie really putting a lot of money toward philanthropy and being a huge philanthropist should be a path for other super wealthy people. It makes me wonder why other really wealthy people aren't doing as much as they could be doing.
The part of the slides that was most resonant with me was the section about Andrew Carnegie and his belief that everyone with excess amounts of wealth should donate it to those who don't have it. I know he donated insane amounts of his money away and I'm still wondering if there are any billionaires who have donated/are donating anything close to the amount he donated. My mind immediately goes to Bill Gates but even he keeps the majority of his wealth to himself so I'm not sure if what he is doing can be compared to what Carnegie did.
Reading though the slides made me question my efforts towards helping others thus far. Seeing the different causes laid out makes breaking down huge inequities into smaller steps much less intimidating. The idea of "effective giving" also struck me, because I know for people with many eyes on them ( the extremely wealthy), donating is equally out of the goodness of their hearts and out of obligation.
I saw that large contributions seemed to be the most common. While I think of service as many people contributing over time, the amount of large, one time contributions surprised me.
I think that we should think about whether our grant to an organization should be used at their discretion or should aim to do something in specifc.
I wonder about the history of philanthropy and wonder about what the first instances of organized philanthropy in history were.
I think that one of the most important factors of social justice philanthropy is accessibility. Often times the people who need help the most can't voice their needs but with social justice philanthropy this becomes a little more doable.
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