Book Talk and Discussion: For-Profit Philanthropy: Elite Power & the Threat of Limited Liability Companies, Donor-Advised Funds, & Strategic Corporate Giving

A Conversation with Brooklyn Law School Professors Dana Brakman Reiser and Steven A. Dean, featuring Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America CEO and Professor Emerita at Princeton University.

A reception and book signing is taking place after the Book Talk.

About the Book

Please join Professors Dana Brakman Reiser and Steven A. Dean for a discussion of their new book For-Profit Philanthropy (Oxford University Press, Jan. 3, 2023).

Cover of the book For-Profit Philanthropy

In For-Profit Philanthropy, the authors reveal that philanthropy law has long operated as strategic compromise, binding ordinary Americans and elites together in a common purpose. At its center stands the private foundation. Prophylactic restrictions separate foundations from their funders' business and political interests. And foundations must disclose more about the sources and uses of their assets than any other business or charity. The philanthropic innovations increasingly espoused by America's most privileged individuals and powerful companies prioritize donor autonomy and privacy, casting aside the foundation and the tools it provides elites to demonstrate their good faith. By threatening to displace impactful charity with hollow virtue signaling, these actions also jeopardize the public's faith in the generosity of those at the top.

Private ordering, targeted regulation, or a new strategic bargain could strike a modern balance, preserving the benefits of the compromise between the modest and the mighty. For-Profit Philanthropy offers a detailed roadmap to show how it can be accomplished.

Copies of  For-Profit Philanthropy will be available for purchase.

Moderated by Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

About the Authors

Photo of Professor Dana Brakman Reiser

Dana Brakman Reiser holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she also served as Vice Dean. Her globally recognized expertise in the law at the intersection of business and charity has made her a leading voice on charitable organizations diversifying their revenue streams and on business firms striving for corporate social responsibility. Her work on the law of social enterprises—firms that pursue profits for owners and social good—defined the field. She has also written extensively on law and finance for philanthropic organizations and on sustainable investing. She earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Photo of Professor Steven Dean

Steven A. Dean is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, where he previously served as Vice Dean. He focuses on inequality, both domestically and globally, with a particular focus on tax policy and anti-Black racism. In his next Oxford book, Global Jim Crow: Taxation and Racial Capitalism, and in publications ranging from The Nation to the NYU Law Review, Dean exposes policies that favor powerful states, companies, and individuals. He practiced law with leading global law firms, worked at one of the world's largest accounting firms, and led NYU School of Law's Graduate Tax Program. Dean earned a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


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