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As mentioned in previous posts, Ricardo Millett was a keynote speaker at the 2010 MESI. During his talk, he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King:
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
This quote was used when Millett was discussing ways foundations can help work towards social betterment. He explained that foundations are in the unique position to be more proactive – to inform policy development to achieve the social and economic impacts we all desire. This was an interesting point for me, I’ve never really thought about foundations and their role in policy development. What do you think? Should foundations be putting more resources into policy development?