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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy’s Big Questions

March 26, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy’s Big Questions

This session will address the big questions about philanthropy — those questions that often get assumed or implied by those working in the field. It is meant both as an introduction to the sector for those new to philanthropy, and a chance for those with more experience to consider the core rationale for their work.

Join Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, for a presentation and discussion of questions such as:

  • What is philanthropy, broadly conceived?
  • Why does philanthropy exist in democracy? What is its core rationale?
  • What are the contours and basic facts about the field? And what are some common misconceptions?
  • What roles does/should philanthropy play in society?
  • How does philanthropy engage and partner with other sectors — government and the market?
  • Why do we hold philanthropy to such high ethical standards?
  • And more!

Presenter: Michael Moody, Ph.D.
Cost: Free!

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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Michael Moody, Ph.D.

Michael Moody, Ph.D., is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. The Frey Foundation Chair is the world’s first-ever endowed chair for family philanthropy, and Dr. Moody became the first holder of the chair in 2010.

Dr. Moody serves as an accessible guide to the rapidly evolving and complex landscape of philanthropy and social innovation, helping diverse audiences see the vital role that giving plays in society, and expanding both the practice and understanding of family philanthropy. He straddles the worlds of scholarship and practice, shining a light on the connections between giving and lived experience with both expertise and enthusiasm.
Read more about Michael.


March 26, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
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