Rob Reich

Event Information

Date & Time
May 21, 2013 - 5:30pm
CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business
641 Knight Way
Stanford , CA
California US

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Democracy and Philanthropy


The Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society present a panel discussion with Rob Reich, Chiara Cordelli, Larry Kramer, and Susan Liautaud on Philathropy and Democracy in society.

Is institutional philanthropy good or bad for American democracy? No doubt that philanthropic foundations fund many good projects. But foundations are also institutional oddities in democratic societies: they lack accountability, operate without significant transparency requirements, elevate the preferences of wealthy individuals across generations, and receive generous tax breaks.

Drawing from his recent Boston Review article, Rob Reich, (Director, Ethics in Society Honors Program & PACS Faculty Co-Director) will explore the role of foundations in democratic societies. He argues that foundations can gain legitimacy in spite of the unchecked power they wield, through their work in supporting diversity and in long-run social policy innovation. Larry Kramer (President, Hewlett Foundation), Susan Liautaud (Visiting Scholar, PACS), and Chiara Cordelli (Post Doctoral Scholar, PACS) will respond.

This event is part of the Ethics of Welath series.


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    • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
    • Director, Program on Ethics in Society
    • Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Philosophy and at the School of Education
    Rob Reich, Associate Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, Philosophy, at Stanford University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Education, and is the Director of the Program on Ethics in Society and co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Additionally, he has affiliations with the following programs: Urban Studies, the Haas Center for Public Service, the Clayman...
    • Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
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  • Debra Satz
    • Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society
    • Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities & Arts
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