Philanthropic Foundations in the Twentieth Century

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In a readable, coherent, and succinct account, Kiger surveys the changes that have taken place in U.S. foundations in the 20th century and describes our foundations as they exist today. Opening with historical information on the emergence of large foundations at the beginning of the century, the book discusses the major characteristics of foundations, emphasizing that they are organized to give away rather than make money, and identifies and discusses the major changes since 1950.

In considering those changes, the book considers such topics as growth and expansion, diversification in the makeup of trustees and staff, and governmental oversight and supervision. In the increasing movement of foundations into the international sphere, the book covers their international activities and the formation and operation of international centers and groups associated with them. Phlanthropic Foundations in the Twentieth Century provides a useful overview of the growth, development, and operation of foundations.

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Kiger history, U. of Mississippi directs the university's Program on Foundations and Comparable Organizations, and is a leading specialist in the subject. He describes the current structure and operations of US foundations, exploring how and why they evolved the way they did. He particularly notes their accelerating international activities, and discusses international foundations as they relate to their US counterparts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Meet the Author

JOSEPH C. KIGER is Professor of History Emeritus and Director of Program on Foundations and Comparable Organizations at the University of Mississippi.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sara L. Engelhardt


Background and History

Investigations and Studies

Growth and Expansion

Information and the Public

Personnel Diversification

Governmental Supervision

International Activities

Foreign Foundation Centers and International Organizations



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