Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy

Paperback | November 15, 2012

EditorPatricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, Leif Wenar

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So long as large segments of humanity are suffering chronic poverty and are dying from treatable diseases, organized giving can save or enhance millions of lives. With the law providing little guidance, ethics has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the philanthropic practices ofindividuals, foundations, NGOs, governments, and international agencies are morally sound and effective. In Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy, an accomplished trio of editors bring together an international group of distinguished philosophers, social scientists, lawyers and practitioners toidentify and address the most urgent moral questions arising today in the practice of philanthropy. The topics discussed include the psychology of giving, the reasons for and against a duty to give, the accountability of NGOs and foundations, the questionable marketing practices of some NGOs, the moral priorities that should inform NGO decisions about how to target and design their projects, thegood and bad effects of aid, and the charitable tax deduction along with the water's edge policy now limiting its reach. This ground-breaking volume can help bring our practice of charity closer to meeting the vital needs of the millions worldwide who depend on voluntary contributions for their verylives.

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So long as large segments of humanity are suffering chronic poverty and are dying from treatable diseases, organized giving can save or enhance millions of lives. With the law providing little guidance, ethics has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the philanthropic practices ofindividuals, foundations, NGOs, governments, and inte...

Patricia Illingworth is Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University. Thomas Pogge is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. Leif Wenar is Professor of Philosophy at Sheffield University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsPatricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, and Leif Wenar: Introduction: The Ethics of Philanthropy1. Peter Singer: What Should a Billionaire Give - and What Should You?2. Elizabeth Ashford: Obligations of Justice and Benificence to Aid the Severely Poor3. Thomas Pogge: How International Nongovernmental Organizations Should Act4. Jon Elster: The Valmont Effect: The Warm-Glow Theory of Philanthropy5. Roger C. Riddell: Aiding the World's Poor: New Challenges for Donor States6. Leif Wenar: Poverty is No Pond: Challenges for the Affluent7. Alex de Waal: Ethics in Translation: Principles and Power in the Philanthropic Encounter8. Kenneth Anderson: Global Philanthropy and Global Governance: The Problematic Moral Legitimacy of the Relationship between Global Civil Society and the United Nations9. Rob Reich: Toward a Political Theory of Philanthropy10. Patricia Illingworth: Giving Back: Norms, Ethics, and Law in the Service of Philanthropy11. James Shulman: The Funder as Founder: Ethical Considerations of the Philanthropic Creation of Nonprofit Organizations12. Thomas W. Dunfee: The Unfulfilled Promise of Corporate Philanthropy13. Devesh Kapur: Philanthropy, Self-Interest, and Accountability: American Universities and Developing CountriesIndex