We were scheduled to host the third of our generosity dinners at the Chazen Museum on On Sunday, 29 March but the museum closed on 23 March along with the rest of the campus due the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, we gathered the following participants for an online video conversation.

Bird Ross
Bob Sorge
Brenda Baker
Chele Isaac
John Neis
Tom Loeser


We discussed the following questions which were contributed by participants.

  • What is one of the most meaningful gifts you have ever received and what is one of the most meaningful gifts you have ever given?
  • How do you decide on who/what/when to give?
  • Do you give money when you are asked on the street? Why or why not? How does this differ from/overlap with philanthropy?
  • What is the difference between charity and philanthropy?
  • How do the prejudices, ethics and moralities of those with the means to give limit the kinds of causes that receive philanthropic support?
  • What should the roles of government and philanthropy be during times of crisis, such as these?
  • Has the role of philanthropy changed over time?  If so, what are the implications?
  • What will philanthropy look like 12 months from now? 
  • How, when, and where do we foster philanthropy with kids?
  • When is philanthropy generous and when is it not?  Does it matter?

We were concerned about the potential awkwardness of the electronic format but were surprised by the fluidity of the conversation.


In addition to the work that hung throughout the show, the following art works were selected by the Chazen staff specifically for the theme of PHILANTHROPY. Click on the image to see the work in the museum’s online catalog.

a porcelain vase with human figures
Edward Eberle (American, b. 1944)
Effects of a Man’s Journey 1991
Edward Eberle (American, b. 1944)
Rocketship 1990


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