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Funding foundations often serve as the velvet glove of state repression against social justice movements. Through thinly disguised programmes and schemes, they utilise activists’ need for money to channel their energy into projects that pose no serious threat to the status quo.
Robert Arnove (1980) Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism
Incite! Women of Colour Against Violence (ed.) The Revolution Will Not be Funded, 2007
"[Foundations] serve as 'cooling-out' agencies, delaying and preventing more radical, structural change." - Robert Arnove, Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism, 1980