Transnational philanthropy and poverty reduction, an international research program which examines the role of philanthropic funding in fostering innovative approaches to a problem that come to have systemic impact when adopted by governments, the private sector and other donors. This project seeks to address questions such as: 1) How do philanthropic leaders, through their funding decisions, shape the agenda of civil society in the US and internationally?; 2) Are foundations better able than other kinds of donors to carry risk and therefore support innovative approaches to social change and poverty reduction?; 3) Does current tax law and policy ensure that tax-exempt foundation funding is being used for bona fide tax exempt purposes, while giving rein to the kind of risk-taking and experimentation that society often expects of foundations?; and 4) How do philanthropies, like other nonprofit organizations, ensure they are accountable to the public interest, including the communities that they seek to serve?
Lant Pritchett, professor of the Practice of Economic
Development, Harvard Kennedy School, Sheela Patel, founder
and executive director, SPARC in Mumbai, India, Barry
Gabermen, chair, BoardSource and former senior vice
president, The Ford Foundation, and panel moderator Steve
Lawry, Hauser Center Senior Research Fellow at the
"Transnational Philanthropy and Poverty Reduction" panel.
Audience members at the panel "Transnational Philanthropy and Poverty Reduction."