IAccording to my dictionary, a philanthropoid
is someone who works in a philanthrophic organisation as opposed to a philanthropist, who actually gives the money.
In order to distribute their wealth, they hired a series of professional "philanthropoids
" whose business it was to find the best individuals, methods and ways of organizing specific fields.
"I'm not playing the role of the hard-headed tycoon who thinks all philanthropoids
are Socialists and all university professors are Communists.
"When program officers speak of risk, what they generally mean is the small risk of personal embarrassment in the event a project they fund fails." Here Dowie captures the lie behind the now-standard pledges by newly appointed presidents of grant-making foundations that theirs will be an era of "venture philanthropy." In two decades of writing about foundations (and marriage to the president of a community foundation) I have yet to meet one of these philanthropoids
who published a list of failed grants.
For the moment, the platitudes of the poverty warriors, the evangelism of civil-rights leaders, the insights of sociologists and philanthropoids
were reduced to the explosive reality of the hot, sticky, combustible streets and the thin blue line society pays to do its dirty, dangerous work.