The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy: Stories of Grant-Makers in the South
Martin Lehfeldt, former president of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and co-author Jamil Zainaldin, president emeritus of Georgia Humanities, discuss their book The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy: Stories of Grant-Makers in the South. Very little until now has been written about the way in which grant-making foundations shaped and were shaped by the South. The authors begin their story with the role our country’s Founders envisioned for philanthropy in the new republic, and end with an examination of modern philanthropy in the region. Particular attention is given to the crippling effect that slavery, Jim Crow, and the Lost Cause has had upon the building of a civil society in the South, and how generous and compassionate philanthropists have worked to alleviate that burden. The authors assert that foundations are at their best when they help to move people from a state of dependency to one of self-sufficiency, and thereby contribute to the building of a democratic, civil society.
This virtual lecture is supported in part by Georgia Humanities, as part of Georgia Humanities’ Civic Engagement Track at the virtual Decatur Book Festival.