Dean Garry W. Jenkins
Garry Jenkins
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law

Dean Jenkins’s Scholarship on the Philosophy of Philanthropy Cited in The Guardian

Dean Garry W. Jenkins’s scholarship on the changing philosophy and practices of philanthropy was cited in an article in The Guardian examining the growing trend of wealthy CEOs pledging to give away parts of their fortunes—often to help fix problems their companies caused. Discussing the rise of philanthropy being conducted in a business-like manner as a result of CEO involvement, Jenkins wrote that this has led many foundations to become “increasingly directive, controlling, metric-focused and business-oriented with respect to their interactions with grantee public charities, in an attempt to demonstrate that the work of the foundation is ‘strategic’ and ‘accountable.’” The article notes the concerns that Jenkins and other scholars have raised about the philosophy of philanthropy dominated by a CEO style and mindset that seeks to “save the world through business thinking and market methods.”