Friday, December 18, 2015

It's time to create a new "Gospel of Wealth" that addresses "Inequality"

By Darren Ford, Op-Ed

The origins of formal philanthropy date from at least 1889, when the American industrialist Andrew Carnegie composed his “Gospel of Wealth.” The world may need a reimagined charter of philanthropy — a “Gospel of Wealth” for the 21st century — that serves not just American philanthropists, but the vast array of new donors emerging around the world. This new gospel might begin where the previous one fell short: addressing the underlying causes that perpetuate human suffering. In other words, philanthropy can no longer grapple simply with what is happening in the world, but also with how and why. Darren Walker is the president of the Ford Foundation. [link]

Originally titled simply “Wealth” and published in the North American Review in June 1889