Jane Wales on Philanthropy and Populism

(4-5-10) "'Trust us' is no Response to Those Who Doubt" is Jane Wales' (The Aspen Institute) Huffington Post summary of the recent spate of writing on philanthropy and the contemporary political environment. Wales addresses warnings from the field that suggest a potential backlash against the sector fueled by public anti-government/institution sentiments. She outlines the strategies so far put forth for addressing this situation, including more transparency, strategies that promote risk-taking, and increased mission- and merit-based giving. Wales also provides links to an array of relevant readings.