This multi-disciplinary collection blends broad overviews and case studies as well as different theoretical perspectives in a critique of the relationship between United States philanthropic foundations and movements for social change. Scholars and practitioners examine how these foundations support and/or thwart popular social movements and address how philanthropic institutions can be more accountable and democratic in a sophisticated, provocative, and accessible manner. Foundations for Social Change brings together the leading voices on philanthropy and social movements into a single collection and its interdisciplinary approach will appeal to scholars, students, foundation officials, non-profit advocates, and social movement activists.
provides an excellent overview of the relationship between philanthropic foundations and social movement organizations from a critical perspective.
The book provides a well-documented response of philanthropy to the social, economic and ecological crises that characterize the current decade. This book will be useful to foundation officials in setting the terms of dialogue about the promise and pitfalls of contemporary philanthropy. It will also inform social movement activists about the structural limitations of their own strategies for social change.
Foundations for Social Change is an astute, clearly written, and empirically rich book on the layered world of U.S. philanthropic foundations and the world they try to regulate. The editors brought together a group of writers well-versed in the topic, each with a distinct expertise in U.S. philanthropy. It is a wonderful source for thoughtful discussion and ideas that help elucidate what is at stake in this complex historical conjuncture of rapidly increasing forms of philanthropy and neoliberalized social welfarism. I recommend it to scholars, students, and activists alike.
Daniel Faber is Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. He specializes in sociology of philanthropy, the political/economy of the environment, and globalization. Deborah McCarthy is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of Charleston. She specializes in environmental sociology, social movements, the sociology of philanthropy, and urban studies.
Chapter 1 Legacy and Promise for Social Justice Funding: Charitable Foundations and Progressive Social Movements, Past and Present Chapter 2 Liberal Foundations: Impediments or Supports for Social Change? Chapter 3 Moving Public Policy to the Right: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations Chapter 4 Up Against Conservative Public Policy: Alternatives to Mainstream Philanthropy Chapter 5 Foundations and the Environmental Movement: Priorities, Strategies, and Impact Chapter 6 Breaking the Funding Barriers: Philanthropic Activism in Support of the Environmental Justice Movement Chapter 7 The Politics of Philanthropy and Social Change: Challenges for Racial Justice Chapter 8 Living Up to the Promise of Collaboration: Foundations and Community Organizations as Partners in the Revitalization of Poor Neighborhoods Chapter 9 Coming Out of the Green Closet: Wealth Discourse and the Construction of Social Change Philanthropists Chapter 10 Mobilizing Money Strategically: Opportunities for Grantees to be Active Agents in Social Movement Philanthropy