His views were very influential and informed the Victorian laissez-faire attitude toward state intervention for the poor.
During the 19th century, a profusion of charitable organizations were set up to alleviate the awful conditions of the working class in the slums.
This period also saw growing philosophical debate between those who championed state intervention and those who believed that private charities should provide welfare.
Thomas Malthus, the political economist, criticized poor relief for paupers on economic and moral grounds and proposed leaving charity entirely to the private sector.
A charitable organization is a type of non-profit organization (NPO).
It differs from other types of NPOs in that it centers on philanthropic goals as well as social well-being (e.g.
In 1844 it became the first Model Dwellings Company - organizations that sought to improve the housing conditions of the working classes by building new homes for them, at the same time receiving a competitive rate of return on any investment.