Philanthropy: Past, Present, and Future
Trainer: Rhodri Davies
Prerequisite: None – Open to all
This session will look at what history can tell us about the themes and issues facing philanthropy today, and about how philanthropy might develop in the future in light of emerging social and technological trends.
Bio: Rhodri Davies is a widely-respected expert and commentator on philanthropy and civil society issues. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the modern context.
He is currently in the process of establishing (with the support of the Pears Foundation) a new entity that will focus on developing better understanding of and engagement with philanthropy, and also works in-house with us at the Foundation to help us and our partner organisations engage with philanthropy issues.
He was formerly Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and established and led Giving Thought – CAF’s think tank focussing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri also launched and hosted CAF’s popular bi-weekly Giving Thought podcast, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from charity taxation to the civil society applications of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and currently presents the Philanthropisms podcast.