PUBLISHED In THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY | FEBRUARY 15, 2022
Philanthropy Must Disrupt Polarization Before It Does Irreparable Harm to the Field and Those It Serves
By Hilary Pennington and Mark Freeman
Much discussion of late has focused on how the rise of polarization around the globe is affecting politics, democracy, and culture. Very little, however, has been said about its destructive effects on philanthropy — specifically, how increasing polarization threatens to undermine the essential role that philanthropy plays in society.
Polarization, like Covid-19 or systemic racism, has the potential to alter much about how philanthropy is conceived and practiced. The question for societies, as well as for grant makers, is whether we can disrupt polarization before it seriously disrupts us.
Read the full op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.