Philanthropy’s Seven Deadly Sins

 

How can the impulse to help others, which led to $390 billion in philanthropic giving in 2016 according to GivingUSA, be coupled with the concept of sin? Many people are familiar with the sins of the Christian religious tradition: envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. Unfortunately, that old bromide about the road to hell being paved with good intentions holds true even in this most altruistically driven sector.

Here is the list of the top seven deadly philanthropic sins from a survey conducted by Alil Webb of senior philanthropic leaders across all type of foundations from the small and local to the large and global.