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Based on interactions with over 100 donors, Frumkin identifies five functions of philanthropy: change, innovation, redistribution, pluralism and enabling donors to find meaning and purpose in their lives. This book also provides a framework for ‘strategic philanthropy’: once donors find...
Book List
This collection of essays features contributions from many of the most interesting current thinkers on philanthropy. It has an unusual angle – the potential of philanthropy to fail in its goals and even to do harm because, as the foreword...
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Baring Foundation
Since 2006 the Baring Foundation’s grants programme ‘Strengthening the Voluntary Sector’, has taken a close interest in deepening understanding of the changing nature of the independence of voluntary action. Given...
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Northern Rock Foundation
This briefing paper summarises the findings of the second working paper from the Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Study (TSTS). It reports on ‘TSO50’, a study of 50 Third...
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Northern Rock Foundation
This paper summarises a fuller report on research commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation’s Third Sector Trends Study (TSTS) to assess the scale and distribution of ‘below-the-radar’ (BTR) organisations. The...
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Carnegie UK Trust
This final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society, argues that civil society has been pushed to the margins in key areas including politics, finance...
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After nearly two decades as president of the Surdna foundation, Edward Skloot looks back on a period of rapid change in American philanthropy, social policy, politics and civic ideals.
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This collection of essays examines why foundations exist and the varied purposes they serve in contemporary democratic societies.
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This is a collection of essays by ‘retiring philanthropy professionals’ in the world of US foundations.
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Foundations are said to be a peculiarly American institution that provide a vital spur to the global economy yet are cloaked in secrecy.

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