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DAVID CALLAHAN is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy has written extensively on trends in philanthropy, as well as American culture, public policy and business. David is the author, most recently, of "The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age."
Before launching Inside Philanthropy in 2014, David co-founded Demos, the national think tank, where he held various leadership positions and conducted research on a wide range of issues related to economic and political inequality, as well as writing on moral values, professional ethics and business. Previously, David was a resident scholar at the Century Foundation and managing editor of the American Prospect, the public policy journal.
In addition to "The Givers," David is the author of seven widely reviewed books on domestic and international issues, including "The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead." He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, including major networks and national NPR shows. He has published numerous op-ed and feature articles, including in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has spoken at over 150 universities and associations around the U.S., frequently as a keynote speaker.
His book "The Givers: is an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.
While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights and many other issues--with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of philanthropists is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not a brief for or against philanthropists, but a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all.