A collection of liberal critiques of conservative philanthropy

Jul 11, 2019

As part of The Giving Review’s “Collections” series, below is a list of some books, articles, and reports by liberals critiquing conservative philanthropy in America. Like the series’ previous collection on the history of conservative philanthropy, we fully realize, it is necessarily partial. As with the previous collection, however, we hope you find it of interest and perhaps helpful. Its entries are in chronological order.


Sidney Blumenthal, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: From Conservative Ideology to Political Power, Crown, 1986

Jean Stefancic and Richard Delgado, No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda, Temple University Press, 1996

Buying a Movement: Right-Wing Foundations and American Politics, People For the American Way, 1996

Sally Covington, Moving a Public Policy Agenda: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, July 1997

Karen Paget, “State of the Debate: Lessons of Right-Wing Philanthropy,” The American Prospect, September-October 1998

Jane Mayer, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Anchor, 2017

David Austin Walsh, “Conservative Philanthropy in Higher Education,” Urban Institute, June 2019

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