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What does courageous philanthropy look like?

"Courageous philanthropy knows that we are not owed hope and we are guaranteed no destiny other than the one we work to create, and so makes that its fight." - Grant Oliphant

"It acknowledges the deep roots of suffering, the enduring wounds of inequity clinging like so much litter to our collective souls. It feigns no impartiality when it comes to defending the people, planet, ideas, and values that are the core of its mission. And it holds itself accountable above all for ending the injustice that hatred has forged."

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, gave this keynote presentation on courageous philanthropy on July 17, 2018, at United Philanthropy Forum’s 2018 Annual Conference in Boston. Oliphant offered four “comfortable illusions” that philanthropy must dispel — illusions that keep philanthropy from “rising to meet the challenges of a newly consequential age.”

Oliphant is a vocal and outspoken philanthropy leader who stresses the importance of foundations speaking out against government policies and decisions that are at odds with their work, denouncing racist language and policies of government leaders, and separating fact from fiction in the public discourse.

In his address, Oliphant shared his perspectives on courageous philanthropy, which is a key element of the Forum’s new vision. What does courageous philanthropy look like? What is the role of PSOs to lead and encourage a courageous philanthropic sector that, as the Forum’s vision states, “catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper”?

A version of this video was previously published on United Philanthropy Forum's site in August 2018.