The job of philanthropists is NOT to make poor people more comfortable in their chains, but to break their chains. This idea is attributed to Desmond Tutu, in a speech he made admonishing a roomful of self-righteous do-gooders.
Journalist Ronan Farrow asked Bill Clinton why someone in his position, who once wielded the reins of the most powerful institution in the world, who was dedicated as President of the United States of America to political leadership and social change in conjunction with a system of political legislation and jurisprudence should, once out of office, resort to running a foundation that raises money from corporate partners to dole out charitable succor instead of using such great sums of money to foster grass roots social and political change, toward reaching an enlightened and reasonable economic parity between classes of people.
Isn’t it better to support institutional change within governments than to give those governments, or NGOs, the money to fix discrete problems; even a problem like the eradication of a randomly chosen “favorite” disease?
Buying solutions to obvious problems is neither an admirable or morally laudable use of such funds when compared to creating lasting institutional and political changes.
Giving away one’s money and accepting credit for goodness, charity, wisdom, competence, and warmth is disgusting.