Peter Buffett Challenges Philanthropic Colonialism

ImageIn his op-ed piece for the New York Times, Peter Buffett discusses how (even the most well-intended) philanthropists at times “are searching for answers with their right hand to problems that others have created with their left.” According to Buffett, studies show that inequality continues to rise despite the steady growth of the non-profit sector. In other words, although the rich feel good and sleep better at night after “giving to the poor,” the disadvantaged are ” further locked into a system that will not allow the true flourishing of his or her nature…”

Current oppressive systems can only be dismantled if those directly impacted by inequality, poverty and injustice have the opportunity to actively participate and decide for themselves the best way to utilize philanthropic donations. As Buffett states, “It’s time for a new operating system. Not a 2.0 or 3.0, but something built from the ground up. New code.”
To read Buffett’s piece, “The Charitable-Industrial Complex” please visit

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