How foundations avoid tackling inequality by erica kohl arenas author of the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty this guest post is published in conjunction with the american association of geographers conference and in advance of cesar chavez day. The self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty january 13 2016 how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty is at the heart of what kohl arenas calls the self help approach to poverty alleviation its an approach she writes grounded in the belief that entrenched poverty is the result of social and economic isolation . In the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty erica kohl arenas opens with a description of a very troubling contradiction while she sat in a room filled with professionals discussing economic inequality in the united states the role that private philanthropic foundations can . The self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty 8 luglio 2016 8 luglio 2016 through the lens of a provocative set of case studies the self help myth reveals how philanthropy maintains systems of inequality by attracting attention to the behavior of poor people while shifting the focus away from structural inequities and . Kohl arenas book the self help myth how philanthropy fails to alleviate poverty university of california press 2016 analyzes the history of philanthropic investments in addressing farmworker and immigrant poverty across californias central valley her primary research areas include studies of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
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