Philanthropy’s Arrogance and Insularity on Eugenics Offer Cautionary Tale

One sure way to ruffle feathers at the normally staid Council on Foundations—the nation’s largest philanthropic membership organization—is to remind it of American philanthropy’s neck-deep involvement in eugenics. 

Yet now is the time for our foundations not only to acknowledge that involvement but to officially apologize for it as well. 

They have shown no sign of doing so, however, nor of appreciating its cautionary tale for contemporary