Voluntary Woke?: Philanthropy, Civil Society & The Culture Wars

Is there a culture war, and should we care?

Graph showing UK newspaper mentions of “culture wars” over time (taken from Duffy, B. et al (2021) “Culture wars” in the UK, Policy Institute at King’s College London).
Former Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wades into a row over the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust’s plans to change its name.

Undermining civil society voice

Anti-Suffrage poster

Polarisation within philanthropy

Nathaniel Hawthorne (plus resplendent facial hair)
Dickens’s essay “Whole Hogs” in an edition of the “Household Words” periodical

Will the culture wars result in less philanthropy?

A suitably literal piece of stock art depicting cancel culture.

The challenge of contextualising philanthropy

Graph showing %age of culture war stories in UK newspapers in 2020 linked to selected topics (taken from Duffy, B. et al (2021) “Culture wars” in the UK, Policy Institute at King’s College London).
David Owen’s rather damning assessment of Edward Colston’s philanthropy (in his classic “English Philanthropy: 1660–1960).

Philanthropy in the culture wars: victim, saviour or perpetrator?

Wise words from Game of Thrones’s Tyrion Lannister.
Voluntary association super-fan Alexis de Tocqueville.
Anti-”dark money” advertisement in April 2015 in the Union Station stop of the Washington Metro. The image was part of a comic book-themed campaign sponsored by three groups — AVAAZ, the Corporate Reform Coalition, and Public Citizen — aimed at pressuring Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White to rein in dark money.

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Rhodri Davies is a unrepentant philanthro-nerd, who likes to look at giving from as many angles as possible.

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Rhodri Davies is a unrepentant philanthro-nerd, who likes to look at giving from as many angles as possible.

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