Charity vs. Philanthropy: A Historical Perspective on February 21

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What we now know as philanthropy operated along religious lines until relatively recently.

Brian Amkraut, Ph.D., Executive Director, Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, discusses how charity as religious obligation was essential in the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but the concept evolved as western political and economic structures disconnected from organized religion. Yet, these roots play a major role in philanthropy today even as purely secular options have emerged.

Free and open to all, Charity vs. Philanthropy: A Historical Perspective is on Wednesday, February 21st from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Noble Commons, 11235 Bellflower Road, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Light lunch is included.

Brian Amkraut received his B.A. from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. He is the Executive Director of the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU. He served on faculty of Jewish history at Oberlin College and Siegal College prior to becoming Provost at Siegal College, a post he held for five years. His book Between Home and Homeland: Youth Aliyah from Nazi Germany was published in 2006 and details the movement to bring Jewish teenagers from Germany to Palestine in the 1930s. His published articles address the impact of changing technologies on contemporary Jewish life.

This is the first event in the 2018 Strategies in Social Investment spring speaker series sponsored by the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and moderated by Rob Fischer, PhD, MNO Program Director and Research Professor. The series is presented with support from the Gail and Elliott Schlang Philanthropic Fund (a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland).

Student Info: Mandel School students receive 1.5 PD (professional development) hours for attending. Online and intensive weekend students who watch via livestream can receive 1.5 PD hours by submitting a brief summary to their field advisor.

Questions? Please email or call 216.368.2270.