Bagels and Banter is a monthly opportunity to discuss shared research and teaching and learning topics with faculty members in a relaxed setting. Learn about new topics, teaching methods and potential research collaborations.
Bagels and Banter is open to all faculty and staff members and FPA graduate students.
“Philanthropy, Community Engagement, and Social Change: Challenges and Opportunities”
Presented by Nathan Grasse, Susan Phillips, and Paloma Raggo (MPNL).
This Bagels and Banter’s discussion will address the consequences of the data deficit facing the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and reflect on the opportunities and challenges of philanthropy in fostering social change and community engagement.
Policymakers, practitioners, and researchers often disagree on the meaning, impact, and challenges of philanthropy. While several critics lament the origin of wealth and the inequalities that philanthropists represent, it is undeniable that institutional philanthropy is a significant economic force domestically and internationally.
Canada’s 11,000 foundations hold almost $100 billion in assets. As highly autonomous institutions without shareholders or voters, foundations raise important questions about their accountability, their relationship with the state, and their role in the provision of social services. Some argue that foundations can take risks with their capital to address systemic social and environmental change where the state is limited in doing so. Or, is philanthropy merely elitist and conservative in its work – a continuing expression of white settler colonialism? How can philanthropy complement and engage with the work of the state and other societal institutions?
While giving and volunteering have been demonstrated to enhance individual and community wellbeing, and Canada has one of the highest levels of both in the world, both are in serious decline. What does this entail for community engagement and the invisible ‘workforce’ of volunteers in providing public services?
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