Philanthropy – the use of private resources for public purposes – is undergoing a transformation, both in practice and as an emerging field of study.
Expectations of what philanthropy can achieve have risen significantly in recent years, reflecting a substantial, but uneven, increase in global wealth and the rolling back of state services in anticipation that philanthropy will fill the void. In addition to this, experiments with entrepreneurial and venture philanthropy are producing novel intersections of the public, non-profit and private spheres, accompanied by new kinds of partnerships and hybrid organisational forms. The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy examines these changes and other challenges that philanthropists and philanthropic organisations face.
With contributions from an international team of leading contemporary thinkers on philanthropy, this Companion provides an introduction to, and critical exploration of, philanthropy; discussing current theories, research and the diverse professional practices within the field from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy is a rich and valuable resource for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers working in or interested in philanthropy.
Part I: Setting the Scene Foreword (Helmut Anheier) 1. Introduction: A New ‘New’ Philanthropy: From Impetus to Impact (Susan D. Phillips and Tobias Jung) Part II: The Roots of and Impulses for Philanthropy Vignette: (G)Local Philanthropy: Local Ideas, Global Potential – the Shorefast Foundation (Natalie Slawinski) 2. The Multi-layered History of Western Philanthropy (Hugh Cunningham) 3. Approaching Philanthropy from a Social Theory Perspective (Frank Adloff) 4. What Motivates People to Give their Own Private Resources for the Public Good? (Cathy Pharoah) 5. Women and Philanthropy (Debra Mesch and Andrea Pactor) 6. Charity Communications: Shaping Donor Perceptions and Giving (Sally Hibbert) Part III: The Geographies and Scales of Philanthropy Vignette: Philanthropy in India (Emily Jansons and Femida Handy) 7. Regional Differences in Philanthropy (René Bekkers) 8. Philanthropy at the Community Level: Supporting Community Empowerment (Michael D. Layton) 9. Indigenous Philanthropy: Challenging Western Preconceptions (Shauna Mottiar and Mvuselelo Ngcoya) 10. The Globalization of Philanthropy: Trends and Channels of Giving (Hillel Schmid and Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim) 11. The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Relief (Naim Kapucu) Part IV: The Intersections of Philanthropy and Public Policy Vignette: Muddy Waters – Difficulties in the relationship between philanthropy, the private and the public sectors (Diana Leat) 12. The Evolving State Relationship: Implications of ‘Big Societies’ and Shrinking States (John Healy and Gemma Donnelly-Cox) 13. Public Policy for Philanthropy: Catching the Wave or Creating a Backwater? (Susan D. Phillips and Steven Rathgeb Smith)
‘This is an impressive addition to the research literature on Philanthropy, one which takes a broad view of the nature of Philanthropy and its demographic and geographic reach. It both challenges and expands prevailing views.’ - Jenny Onyx, Emeritus Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
‘This collection provides a comprehensive and important reference volume on the changing nature of philanthropy. It will be valuable reading to anyone interested in this field.’ - Patrick M. Rooney, Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University, USA
‘This rich compendium of research findings and reflection gives us multiple perspectives on the ‘old-new’ concept of philanthropy. It focuses on current practices and dilemmas whilst constantly reminding us about historical roots and the diversity of international and national experience.’ - Margaret Harris, Emeritus Professor, Aston Business School, UK
‘A desk side publication for all scholars and practitioners wanting a comprehensive reference to critical understandings of contemporary philanthropy.’ - Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Australia
'Simply put, I wish a book of this sort had been written several years ago at a time when I would have been able to absorb the multi-disciplined philanthropy world before the start of my study and work in this space. But hey ho. Although it is written with academics in mind, practitioners (and academics at the start of their practice) should not look at this heavy book with fear. It will become the philanthropy bible of its time.' - Juliet Valdinger, Alliance Magazine