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Anthony Tomei

Book review 1 Anthony Tomei 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Philanthropy in Democratic Societies – Rob Reich, Lucy Bernholz and Chiara Cordelli (eds)

Reviewed by Anthony Tomei Philanthropy involves private persons using power to influence the public realm. To what extent is the exercise of this power compatible with the values of a liberal democratic state? This is …

Letter Anthony Tomei 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

Philanthropy’s value? Independence

Buzz Schmidt describes a world in which foundations and their overpaid advisers conspire to maintain an untroubled life for the former and plentiful fees for the latter. While I agree that foundation accountability raises important …

Anthony Tomei 18 February 2015

Should we be afraid? We need to keep asking

Congratulations to Andrew Milner and colleagues at Alliance for taking on some big questions, and for addressing them in an imaginative and thought-provoking way.  The issues raised in David Callahan’s blog and in the responses …

Opinion Anthony Tomei 1 March 2014

Foundation accountability: an operational necessity?

‘It’s a truism that foundations lack accountability – unlike (democratic) governments and companies, which are at least in theory accountable to voters and shareholders.’ (Alliance editorial, September 2011) Caroline Hartnell goes on to say that …

Special feature Anthony Tomei 1 June 2013

Changing roles in a changing world

The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 seems to mark a symbolic moment at which the world changed. The changes were felt very differently in different parts of the world, but it seems likely that …

Opinion Anthony Tomei 1 December 2012

Legitimacy lies in what you do, not who you are

Foundations have a long and distinguished history of influencing social change. From the Rockefeller Foundation’s work on the Green Revolution through the initiatives that helped to establish the civil society sector in Eastern Europe in …

Conference Report Anthony Tomei 1 March 2011 For Subscribers

Foundations’ role in nurturing talent – a report from the EFC Research Forum conference

The European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding held its annual conference at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart on 7 and 8 December 2010. The theme of the conference was ‘Nurturing talent: the role …

Anthony Tomei 1 January 2011

Foundations’ role in nurturing talent: a report from the EFC Research Forum conference

The European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding held its annual conference at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart, Germany on 7 and 8 December 2010. The theme of the conference was ‘Nurturing talent: the …

News Anthony Tomei 1 January 2011 For Subscribers

Foundations’ role in nurturing talent: a report from the EFC Research Forum conference

The European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding held its annual conference at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart, Germany on 7 and 8 December 2010. The theme of the conference was ‘Nurturing talent: the …

Conference Report Anthony Tomei 1 April 2008 For Subscribers

European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding

Event European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding Date 4 December Venue Brussels, Belgium Organizer European Foundation Centre For some years now a group of research-focused foundations has been working with the European Commission to …