On tonight's 10:00 BBC news, David Puttnam makes the same tired argument, linking his concept of American-style philanthropy to wealthy donors who want their names on buildings. He said it wouldn't work in the UK, calling it "tacky" and adding that he himself would be "embarrassed" by such recognition.
Puttnam, bless him, continues to perpetuate the stereotype of the philanthropy coming solely from the wealthy narcissists.
The cultural shift in the UK's giving will be driven by donors at every level, and the fundraisers who facilitate that giving. Support of charitable organizations is a responsibility we're all learning to share, and not one that's only borne by the wealthy.
Rick Holland CFRE MInstF
Confident Philanthropy Ltd.