Dinner Round Table:

What is the Role of Philanthropy?

Co-hosted by Julie Joseph

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

About the Center for the Study of Liberty

We’ve teamed up with Julie Joseph to bring you “What is the role of philanthropy?” The Center for the Study of Liberty creates opportunities, such as this Dinner Round Table event, to talk about ideas that shape our world, engage in lifelong learning, and build a better society. We’re excited to have you as part of our growing community.

During this event, you will:

  • Read from a set of articles

  • Explore the readings and topic in depth over a meal

  • Connect with colleagues and friends

  • Spark civil conversations led by an expert facilitator


Registration for this event is now closed. Please email info[at]studyliberty.org to be added to the wait list.


Event Topic

What is the role of philanthropy in society? There is a long history in the United States of generosity on the part of those with significant resources, and many have long argued that private philanthropy lies at the heart of civil society. Without individual giving, we would lose important institutions that make our country unique and we would have missed out on many of the important innovations that result from private philanthropy. But others are concerned that giving in the United States is increasingly dominated by the “super rich” and that this poses many dangers. In particular, there is concern that charitable giving is simply a method of maintaining the status quo and reinforcing the power structure that enables those who are wealthy to remain so. 

In this conversation, we’ll discuss the role of philanthropy in the United States. We will examine different perspectives on the issue and bring our personal experiences into dialogue with authors and practitioners who have given much thought to the topic. One dinner will not resolve all of the questions these materials raise, but we hope that guests will leave with a greater understanding of the issue and of the various perspectives on philanthropy’s place our society.

Location and Schedule



The event takes place on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. It lasts 2-3 hours.

6:30PM – Opening Reception

7:00 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner

7:30 PM – Discussion

9:00 PM – Closing

About Your Facilitator

Professor Brian Brenberg serves as an Executive Vice President and Chair of the Program in Business and Finance at The King’s College. Prior to joining the King’s faculty, he worked in the financial services and medical device industries, as well as public policy research and philanthropy. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

In addition to his teaching at King’s, Professor Brenberg appears frequently on several media outlets, including FOX News, FOX Business, CNBC, and Yahoo Finance. He has written for many publications, including USA Today, Newsweek, Forbes, and the New York Post, and his speeches have been covered by Time and The Washington Post. He lectures regularly for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Young America’s Foundation (YAF), and the American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Project. Brian and his family live in New York City.

Readings and Other Materials

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Goals and Expected Takeaways

Participants will bring their diverse perspectives and experiences to the discussion. Our facilitator will ensure a thought-provoking conversation where all can contribute. We hope you will leave with new ideas, new connections with others who care about this topic, and inspiration to learn, discuss, and act.


Registration for this event is now closed. Please email info[at]studyliberty.org to be added to the wait list.

This project was made possible through the support of grants from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Sumners Foundation or the John Templeton Foundation.

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