Elevate Philanthropy ™

In Defense of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Author Dr. Beth Breeze

Thursday, December 9
11:15 a.m. – 12 Noon ET

Webcast Description

Both the philanthropists who give and those fundraising professionals who ask are often misunderstood — and at worst, maligned — by the general public.

Indeed, running down “do-gooders” has become a popular pastime in recent years. Journalists and academics alike have lampooned and criticized philanthropists and big donors for their charitable activities, which are often characterized as a means of self-aggrandizement or tax evasion.

Dr. Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, will discuss why she was inspired to research and write her empirically based and theoretically informed book, “In Defense of Philanthropy,” released on Nov. 9 in the United States. She will analyze the main criticisms leveled at philanthropy and, more broadly, the fundraising profession, using her experience as a fundraiser, adviser, and academic.

What you’ll learn

  • Why philanthropy is being demonized to the point where critics are louder than proponents
  • The most common misconceptions about philanthropy and fundraising practices and why these misconceptions are so easily promoted by traditional and social media
  • The three types of criticism of philanthropy and best practices for fundraising professionals in responding to these criticisms

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About our speakers

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Elizabeth Zeigler

President & CEO, Graham-Pelton

An exalter of philanthropy and champion of the development profession, Elizabeth is the first woman to lead a global fundraising consulting firm. Known for her unparalleled executive management skills, Elizabeth enables Graham-Pelton to play a groundbreaking role in elevating the level and understanding of philanthropy worldwide. A rare strategic thinker and communicator, Elizabeth is a leading voice globally on high-impact giving and is heralded for showing nonprofits potential they may not otherwise see.

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Dr. Beth Breeze

Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent

Dr. Breeze began her career working for a youth homelessness charity, and spent a decade working in fundraising, research, and charity management. Over the past 15 years, she has conducted numerous research studies focused on conducting interviews with over 100 major donors, many of whom have made gifts worth $1 million or more. She tweets @UKCPhilanthropy.

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