Private Funds, Public Purpose: Philanthropic Foundations in International Perspective / Edition 1

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Comparative information detailing the cultural, legal and historical environments of foundations in international settings has been scarce - until now. Written by scholars from six countries, this text covers philanthropic foundations in the world's busiest commercial centers - the U.S. and Eastern and Western Europe. It reports on the structures and mindsets that shape foundations' gift giving, and discusses different aspects of foundation management. Case studies of the French and Italian foundation communities and a comparative legal chapter are especially notable.

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'...for researchers thinking about launching organizational research on foundations than providing answers to the important research questions.'
ASQ, (2001)
Finding that the scholarship on philanthropic organizations has not kept up with the growing reliance on them as sources of funds in the nonprofit sector, economists, sociologists, and law scholars analyze then on a global level. They assess the capabilities of many foundations in various countries, examine the contexts in which they function, and analyze comparatively the factors that have shaped their development. The collection begins the series of monographs on the relationship between the nonprofit sector and civil society for scholars and policymakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306459467
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Series: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Philanthropic Foundations: An International Perspective; H.K. Anheier, S. Toepler. Comparative Studies: The History of Foundations in the United Kingdom and the United States: Philanthropic Foundations in Industrial Society; M. Bulmer. A Comparative Legal Analysis of Foundations: Aspects of Supervision and Transparency; T.J. van der Ploeg. Foundations in Germany and the United States: A Comparative Analysis; H.K. Anheier, F.P. Romo. Management and Organization: British Foundations: The Organization and Management of Grantmaking; D. Leat. The Behavior of Grantmaking Foundations: Toward a New Theoretical Frame; W.A. Diaz. Toward an Entrepreneurial Approach to Foundation Management; H. Bever. Operating in a Grantmaking World: Reassessing the Role of Operating Foundations; S. Toepler. Country Studies: Foundations in France; E. Archambault, et al. Foundations in Italy; G.P. Barbetta. Foundations in Germany and Their Revival in East Germany after 1989; R.G. Strachwitz. Rebuilding Civil Society in Eastern and Central Europe: The Role Played by Foundations; K.F.F. Quigley, N.E. Popson. Conclusion: Why Study Foundations? H.K. Anheier, S. Toepler. Index.

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