This conference has been organized by the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good. The mission of the Forum is to provide a place for scholars, practitioners and policy makers to come together to deeply engage with the question of whether the rules governing the philanthropic sector best serve the public good. The Forum on Philanthropy is committed to a strongly non-partisan approach to this work.

The work of the Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good is supported by a diverse consortium of funders, including: the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the David Bohnett Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Foundation, Inc., the Chicago Community Trust, the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and a generous donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Forum is deeply grateful for this support.


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Thursday, September 22nd
10:00 AM

‘Giving While Living’ in Historical Perspective

Benjamin Soskis, Urban Institute

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

Endowed for Eternity: American-Jewish Survival and Midcentury Philanthropic Strategies

Lila Corwin Berman, Temple University

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

12:15 PM

Redefining Perpetuity: Digital Data and the Future of Philanthropy

Lucy Bernholz, Stanford University

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Time-Limited Foundations: Comparative Perspectives from Europe

Helmut Anheier, Hertie School of Governance

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

Using Tax Law to Encourage Unrestricted Charitable Giving

Roger Colinvaux, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

The 5% Fiction

Brian Galle, Georgetown University Law Center

4:30 PM

Friday, September 23rd
9:00 AM

The Enlightenment Against Perpetuity: Turgot and Mill on Time Limited Endowments

Rob Reich, Stanford University

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Now or Later? Libertarian Accounts of Intergenerational Justice and Charitable Giving

Miranda Fleischer, University of San Diego School of Law

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

“That the Earth Belongs in Usufruct to the Living:” Perpetual Philanthropy and the Problem of Perpetual Power

Theodore Lechterman, Princeton University

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM

When Should an Effective Altruist Donate?

William MacAskill, Oxford University

1:15 PM