Revisiting a collection of content on philanthropy and eugenics

Jul 22, 2020

In the wake of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s disavowal of Margaret Sanger.

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will remove the name of Margaret Sanger, a founder of the national organization, from its Manhattan health clinic because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement,” The New York Times reported yesterday. In the wake of the Planned Parenthood action, we revisit The Giving Review’s collection of content on philanthropy and eugenics. It was originally published on July 18, 2019.


William A. Schambra, “Charity, Progressive Philanthropy, and Eugenics,” The Philadelphia Society, October 8, 2005

William A. Schambra, “Eugenics as Philanthropic ‘Best Practice,’” Philanthropy Daily, November 14, 2011

William A. Schambra, “Philanthropy’s Arrogance and Insularity on Eugenics Offer Cautionary Tale,” The Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 2, 2012

William A. Schambra, “Philanthropy’s Original Sin,” The New Atlantis, October 1, 2013

Matthew Gerken, “Modern philanthropy and the new eugenicists,” Philanthropy Daily, December 28, 2016

Ruth McCambridge, “The Long Tail of Philanthropy and Eugenics: Judge Trades Shorter Sentences for Sterilization,” Nonprofit Quarterly, July 24, 2017

Dylan Matthews and Byrd Pinkerton, “’The time of vasectomy’: how American foundations fueled a terrible atrocity in India,” Vox, June 5, 2019