Whose responsibility is it, for collective well-being?
How someone answers that primary question of philanthropy is often deeply tied to social, political and personal values. Less about money, more about cultural traditions.
In Sunday’s New York Times, an article exploring the growing Hispanic-American philanthropic presence observed that “Historically, Latin America has leaned on the state and the church for charity.” Having a private charity take on what was essentially considered a government function, was seen as a sign of distrust of the government, a statement of disloyalty.
Making the need for donor education – especially for those hailing from cultures without a strong nonprofit tradition – critically important.