Point, Counter Point: Contest Philanthropy

In the last ten years, contests have increasingly become a tool that philanthropy uses to surface and invest in social change, whether through pitch events,“shark tanks,” or other prizecontest and competition formats. Contest philanthropy has gained its fair share of supporters and critics in this time - most recently brought to light through a public debate around a Council on Foundations event featuring a nonprofit pitch competitionan event that was later reconfigured into a panel discussion about this philanthropic practice. The resultant commentary surfaced a myriad of perspectives about the role and appropriateness of this newer tool in a philanthropist’s toolbox.

At this EPIP Breakfast Discussion, wewill explore two articles whose authors examine contest philanthropy from two varying perspectives. Recognizing that a multitude of perspectives exist on this topic amongst EPIP members, we look forward to a rich discussion!

As a group we will examine: 

  • What are some of the driving forces and philosophical perspectives behind philanthropy’s use of contests?
  • What lessons can we take from contest philanthropy’s supporters and critics to benefit our own work?

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RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/point-counter-point-contest-philanthropy-tickets-17344349416

June 19, 2015 at 8am - 9am Eastern Time (US & Canada)
The Atrium
75 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116
United States
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