How foundations avoid tackling inequality by erica kohl arenas author of the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty this guest post is published in conjunction with the american association of geographers conference and in advance of cesar chavez day. That contradiction shared with erica kohl arenas by a foundation program officer in an interview conducted for her new book the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty is at the heart of what kohl arenas calls the self help approach to poverty alleviation its an approach she writes grounded in the belief that . In the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty erica kohl arenas opens with a description of a very troubling contradictionwhile she sat in a room filled with professionals discussing economic inequality in the united states the role that private philanthropic foundations can play in alleviating this injustice and what and how much the poor can accomplish through . Thursday march 31 2016 the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty erica kohl arenas assistant professor of nonprofit management the new school can philanthropy alleviate . Through the lens of a provocative set of case studies the self help myth reveals how philanthropy maintains systems of inequality by attracting attention to the behavior of poor people while shifting the focus away from structural inequities and relationships of power that produce poverty in fresno county for example which has a 56
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