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Amy Schiller

Amy Schiller is a writer and political philosopher. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College. She has held additional fellowships at Stanford University, Bard College and City University of New York, where she received her Ph.D.

Her debut book, The Price of Humanity: How Philanthropy Went Wrong and How to Fix It, was published by Melville House in December 2023. In the book, Amy leverages her academic chops as well as her experience as a fundraiser and philanthropy consultant in order to thoroughly diagnose the ailments with philanthropy. She ends with a prescription for a brighter future. Amy Schiller has worked as a private philanthropy consultant but now her giving advice is available to all.

Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Nation, and The Daily Beast, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, and Slate. She has also had a 15-year career in major gift fundraising consulting in a wide range of settings, from a major New York City dance company to international humanitarian nonprofits.

Though philanthropy has been the center of her career, her writing encompasses cultural criticism on topics ranging from American Girl Dolls to queer Jewish films, gender, artificial intelligence, and memes about Beyonce.

Amy Schiller and Dave Moss first met nearly a decade ago and Dave was pleased to reconnect and speak with her at length about philanthropy. Their wide-ranging discussion covered various aspects of America’s cultural history ranging from De TocqueVille to Lebron James. Enjoy this latest installment in our fifth season focused on Giving Advisors!

Watch the episode on Youtube below or find it wherever you get your podcasts. And you can purchase your own copy of Amy Schiller’s book! It is available at fine bookshops and at her website:


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