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Video coverage of the Great Philanthropy Debate hosted by the GeNEerosity Festival

Professor Roger Burrows took part in the debate addressing the question, "Is philanthropy always a good thing?"

In November 2018 the "GeNEerosity - Festival of Philanthropy and Giving" celebrated a region inspired by giving. 

Through a series of activities, debates, performances, the festival:

  • Celebrated and aimed to raise awareness of what philanthropy has achieved in the North East;
  • Questioned, ignited debate and informed the future role of philanthropy in the North East;
  • Encouraged more philanthropy in all its forms, by demonstrating the joy of giving and the good it can do.

Professor Roger Burrows featured in the Great Philanthropy Debate, a video recording of the full debate is available to view online. 

Is philanthropy always a good thing? Does it do more for donors than it does for society? Should there be tax benefits for any kind of charitable gift? These and other topical issues will be to the fore in our GeNErosity debate. This Oxford-Union-style event will see two opposing sides debating a motion, with contributions from the audience. The confirmed debaters are: Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, Professor Diana Leat, associate of the centre for the Study of Philanthropy at St Andrew’s University, Dr Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Professor Roger Burrows of Newcastle University. Rob Williamson, CEO of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland will be in the chair. The debate is kindly supported and hosted by Northumbria University.

published on: 7 January 2019