The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World

The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World

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by Joel L. Fleishman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586487027

ISBN-13: 9781586487027

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: PublicAffairs


Private foundations have been the dynamo of social change since their invention at the beginning of the last century. Yet just over 10 percent of the public knows they even exist; and for those who are aware of them, as well as even those who seek grants from them, their internal workings remain a complete mystery. Joel Fleishman knows the sector like few others,

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Private foundations have been the dynamo of social change since their invention at the beginning of the last century. Yet just over 10 percent of the public knows they even exist; and for those who are aware of them, as well as even those who seek grants from them, their internal workings remain a complete mystery. Joel Fleishman knows the sector like few others, and in this groundbreaking book he explains both the history of foundations—with their fledgling beginnings in the era of the robber barons seeking social respectability—through to the present day. This book shows how, why foundations matters, and how the future of foundations can provide a vital spur to the engine of the American, and the world’s, economy—if they are properly established and run.

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ISBN-13:
9781586487027
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
558,506
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Joel Fleishman¿s book gives excellent insight into issues of transparency and lack of accountability of foundations by providing sector background as well as solutions to many problems that foundations face. Through elegantly illustrated examples of the social sector that range from early Carnegie support to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fleishman¿s book gives the history of the sector along with glimpses into the inter-workings of the private and public faces of the foundation world. Fleishman appropriately highlights the importance of recognizing failure and the publicity of failure in the important task of bringing about transparency and helping others learn from mistakes. This in-depth look into foundations is valuable to individuals with beginning knowledge of foundations, as well as for individuals who evaluate and run those foundations. Fleishman¿s book is a suggested read to any individual that wishes to look beyond the surface of this ever growing world of philanthropy.