Title: Disasters, Crises and Downturns: Policies to Protect Giving

Presenter: Patrick Rooney

Date: June 25, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

There is no data that perfectly predicts what will happen to philanthropy in a time of concurrent pandemic, economic downturn and inequality and racial unrest.  But there is A LOT of data to be analyzed from crises and downturns in the past. Giving stretched and contracted in various configurations during the Great Recession of 2008, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, 9/11, hurricanes, tsunamis and wars. In this program, Dr. Rooney will review what we’ve learned in previous crises and consider the effect of policies, including the CARES Act, intended to encourage giving during these challenging times.

What you’ll learn

  • How to make realistic comparisons between past downturns and the current economic climate.
  • How disaster giving affects other types of philanthropy during times of crisis.
  • How past policy changes, including TCJA, have affected charitable giving, and how to advocate for the most effective policies to stimulate additional giving.

Patrick Rooney

Executive associate dean of academic programs, indiana university lilly family school of philanthropy  

Patrick M. Rooney is professor of economics and philanthropic studies, and the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Previously, as Executive Director of the school’s predecessor, the Center on Philanthropy, he worked with its faculty, board, and campus and university administration to establish the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school of philanthropy. As the center’s first full-time Director of Research, Patrick created its formal in-house research program, building it into one of the premier philanthropy research organizations in the nation. Among many projects, he led the research for Giving USA (published by Giving USA Foundation). Other school and center research clients included: Bank of America, American Express, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Independent Sector, the NFL, Target Corporation, United Way of America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Patrick has presented research to the White House and federal officials of three administrations. He has served on several local and national boards and advisory groups. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Notre Dame.

Group webinars are intended for CGP affiliated councils or groups of up to 30 individuals.


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