Philanthropy fans the flames of Notre Dame donations backlash

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Silhouette of the French Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris which was devastated by fire in April 2019.

Recent debate ignited around the Notre-Dame tragedy has thrown the topic of philanthropy into the international limelight. This raises the question – what spurs big names to support charities – is it altruism or self-interest and image promotion?

Media outlets, including The New York Times and Reuters as well as the Twittersphere, have joined the world-wide debate revealed criticism of multi-million pound donations to Notre-Dame while other disasters, such as the Grenfell Tower fire and the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, failed to attract similar support.

The quick succession of donations from powerful business people and celebrities resulted in a ‘domino effect’. leading to criticism of tax inequities and using such a disaster for personal profit. As the New York Times reports, “Anonymity on large gifts is also fairly easy to arrange. It’s a business negotiation,” said Jared Feldman, the partner in charge of the private client group at the accounting firm Anchin.

However these donations also give hope. Nearly $1 billion was raised for the restoration within just two days, suggesting that, as Rob Hansen, founder of Goodnation says, “…if that can happen in 48 hours, the resources are there to take on major issues…”.

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