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O Philanthropy: Oprah Winfrey and the Business of Giving

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Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she is closing down the Angel Network, a charitable organization she began in 1998 to spur others to give. The organization, which has given over $80 million, was only a part of Winfrey’s philanthropic efforts. In 2004, she debuted in the number 40 spot as the first African American—male or female—to place among BusinessWeek’s prestigious annual ranking of “America’s Top 50 Philanthropists.” Winfrey’s estimated $400 million in donations since then have consistently earned her a place on the list—and in Americans’ hearts—as one of the country’s most generous givers. This paper explores the breadth, meaning, and significance of Winfrey’s philanthropy. It situates Winfrey among intersecting historic traditions and contemporary trends of charity and uplift work. The paper considers criticism of wealthy philanthropists like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Winfrey, who can never completely dodge criticism that, at worst, they created or, at the very least, contributed to the very social ills they try to alleviate through their philanthropic acts. “O Philanthropy” and its connection to Winfrey’s identity—as an individual and as a global media icon—complicate and enrich our understanding of her significance as one of the world’s most beloved and well-known philanthropists in the twenty-first century.
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Garrett, Shennette. "O Philanthropy: Oprah Winfrey and the Business of Giving" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p438582_index.html>

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Garrett, S. "O Philanthropy: Oprah Winfrey and the Business of Giving" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p438582_index.html

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Abstract: Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she is closing down the Angel Network, a charitable organization she began in 1998 to spur others to give. The organization, which has given over $80 million, was only a part of Winfrey’s philanthropic efforts. In 2004, she debuted in the number 40 spot as the first African American—male or female—to place among BusinessWeek’s prestigious annual ranking of “America’s Top 50 Philanthropists.” Winfrey’s estimated $400 million in donations since then have consistently earned her a place on the list—and in Americans’ hearts—as one of the country’s most generous givers. This paper explores the breadth, meaning, and significance of Winfrey’s philanthropy. It situates Winfrey among intersecting historic traditions and contemporary trends of charity and uplift work. The paper considers criticism of wealthy philanthropists like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Winfrey, who can never completely dodge criticism that, at worst, they created or, at the very least, contributed to the very social ills they try to alleviate through their philanthropic acts. “O Philanthropy” and its connection to Winfrey’s identity—as an individual and as a global media icon—complicate and enrich our understanding of her significance as one of the world’s most beloved and well-known philanthropists in the twenty-first century.


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