1st Edition

Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Sector An Introduction

By Theo N.M. Schuyt Copyright 2013

    Offering an introduction to modern philanthropy with regard to the commitment and willingness of citizens, funds, churches and businesses to contribute voluntarily to society Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Sector: An Introduction attempts to map philanthropy and promote a better understanding of its characteristics and features. After years of division in welfare state debates between the role and responsibilities of government and the market a renewed focus on philanthropy has shown that many societies also harbour an important and growing voluntary sector. Something special is happening at the macro-societal level as the traditional government-market dyad is being broken by a renewed interest in this ’third way’. Intended for students, scientists, administrators, policymakers, politicians, fundraisers, philanthropists and philanthropic organizations this book adopts a social policy approach to look at philanthropy alongside other social arrangements and provide an invaluable introduction for all those interested in this fascinating social mechanism.

    Contents: Preface; Introduction; Philanthropy: domain and concepts; Philanthropy: (sub)sector of the European non-profit sector and income source; Domain or academic discipline?; The philanthropy scale: measuring the attitude towards modern philanthropy; Philanthropic values and ethics; Philanthropy: social arrangement to fulfil needs; Integration of philanthropy in the European welfare state paradigm; Further reading; Bibliography; Index.


    Theo N.M. Schuyt is Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.