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Overview

Liquor baron and long-time president of the Canadian Jewish Congress Samuel Bronfman and his wife and fellow philanthropist Saidye were influential figures in the history of Montreal and have left a legacy that continues to advance cultural, social, legal, political, and Jewish causes. One aspect of their enduring memory and contribution to society is a leading Canadian philanthropic organization, the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation (SSBFF). Spirited Commitment is a compelling history of the evolution of the SSBFF from Sam and Saidye's original philanthropic interests and their establishment of the Foundation, to the negotiations about how to continue and expand this tradition after Sam's death in 1971, to the professionalization of the foundation and its granting programs under the leadership of Peter Swann and then John Hobday, a key figure in the history of Canadian arts administration.

Spirited Commitment explores how the SSBFF has balanced its commitments to Jewish charitable causes and to Canadian culture and society. A detailed account of the Foundation's numerous programs over three decades - including the Centre for Cultural Management and the Saidye Bronfman Centre - highlights the innovations that SSBFF grants have led to in the arts, community development, and scientific research. The book also profiles the shift towards a more strategic approach to giving as a way to fulfil the Foundation's broad mandate and also achieve a lasting impact: the SSBFF is notable not just for its philanthropic heritage but for changes within the Foundation itself that represent advances in the professional governance and administration of philanthropic enterprise.

An illuminating and vibrant portrait of the personalities, motivations, and strategies behind the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, Spirited Commitment is a revealing and insightful account of the inner workings of philanthropic foundations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773537101
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roderick MacLeod is a freelance historian and editor who has written extensively on Quebec social and institutional history. Eric John Abrahamson is a business and institutional historian who is a fellow with the Institute for Applied Economics and Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Hilary Pearson Pearson, Hilary

Acknowledgments

Chronology

Bronfman Family Tree

Illustrations

Introduction Acorns 3

One Family Fortune, Personal Philanthropy 17

Two Sam and Saidye and the Rise of Canadian Philanthropy 46

Three Professional Management 69

Four Hobday and the Years of Transition 97

Five A Free-Standing Institution 120

Six The Saidye Bronfman Centre 159

Seven Learning Disabilities 190

Eight One Voice: A National Association for Canada's Seniors 202

Nine Cultural Management and Arts Stabilization 221

Ten Heritage: Urban Issues 243

Eleven Crafts 278

Twelve Passing the Torch 291

Conclusion 311

Appendices 315

Notes 321

Bibliography 363

Index 373

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