Himmelstein Talks Risks of Corporate Philanthropy
National Public Radio’s Alan Greenblatt recently spoke with Amherst sociology professor Jerome Himmelstein about the recent flap over the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation dropping funding for Planned Parenthood (albeit temporarily). Himmelstein commented on the implications for businesses supporting charities which might turn into public relations nightmares. “Most corporate grants are fairly predictable, even when corporate donors talk about being innovative or entrepreneurial," he said. Still, they don't want to be perceived as caving in to pressure either, or anger consumers on the other side of the issue, he added.