Why do rich people give? Philanthropic donations and the economic justice of ‘big man societies’

Daniel R. Smith

Why do rich people give away money to charitable causes? Beth Breeze’s (2013) recent piece in Discover Society has an answer: they feel committed to a cause, project or foundation which also allows them to turn their money into an extension of their professional success as capitalists. There is a link between ‘good spending’ and the ‘good life’, she argues. Continue reading