Athenaeum (Damenvervein room)
410 E. Michigan St.
Moderated by: David P. King and Philip Goff
Giving to religion makes up a third of all giving in America, and over half of all Americans say their religious or spiritual values motivate their philanthropic giving. If this is the case, why do religion and money remain such taboo topics in our society?
The full philanthropic impact of religious communities goes far beyond finances. The story of religious philanthropy speaks to when, why, and how religious institutions engage their broader communities in volunteering, advocacy, and cultivating a civil society.
- Is philanthropy primarily meant to take care of those within one’s own community or the larger society?
- Does philanthropy provide for basic needs or promote institutional change?
- Should religious giving develop an individual’s character, shape the morality of society, or are such purposes off limits in a pluralist society?
Two leading historians will share their reflections on what we can learn from the intersections of religion and philanthropy in the past and what issues might define the topic into the future.
Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Vanderbilt University
Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History, Case Western University