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CIS Starr Forum | Gara LaMarche
Reclaiming the Moral Life of Philanthropy

 

Introduced by Dean Deborah Fitzgerald

Gara LaMarche believes the nation’s charitable organizations have lost “moral clarity,” growing more concerned with “the fix, the intervention, than about reasons for doing or caring about what is right.

LaMarche says it is possible to strike a balance between the goals of effective philanthropy, and tackling social inequities and large, complex problems such as climate change. This means speaking out in the current “toxic political environment” with a coherent world view about “what is right,” while not getting lost in polling and problem-solving, which risks “losing what gains we’ve made because the story of which those are part has no moral.”

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