Catalysts for Change

21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development

By Maria Martinez-Cosio, Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell

© 2013 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

Winner of the Community Development Society's 2014 Current Research Award!

21st Century Philanthropy and Community fills a gap in the literature on philanthropic organizations and how they intertwine with community development. Drawing first on the history of philanthropic funding, Maria Martinez-Cosio and Mirle Bussell look at developments in the last twenty years in detail, focussing on five key case studies from across America. The authors use their own first hand experiences and research to forge a new path for academic research in an area where it has been lacking. With the current economic climate forcing shrewd spending, foundations need all the guidance they can find on how to appropriately channel their funds in the best way. But how can these sorts of community projects be analyzed for effectiveness? Is there a quantitative rather than qualitative element which can be studied to give real feedback to those investing in projects? Arguing against a one-size-fits-all model, the authors illustrate the importance of context and relationships in the success of these projects.

Table of Contents

Contents List of Tables and Figures Preface PART I The Scope and Scale of Philanthropic Investment in Community Development 1 The Changing Landscape of Foundation-Led Community Development 2 The Origins of Community Development Philanthropy 3 The Intersection of Philanthropy and Community Development 4 Typology of Comprehensive Community Development Initiatives 5 Systems Change Theory: Advancing Complex Community Change PART II Lessons from the Field 6 Price Charities and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation: An Introduction to the Case Studies 7 The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation 8 Price Charities 9 Applying Systems Change Theory to Price Charities and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation: Lessons Learned 10 Conclusion Appendix Notes References Index

About the Series

Community Development Research and Practice Series

This series serves community developers, planners, public administrators and others involved in practice and policy making in the realm of community development. Building on a 40 year history of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.


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Series Editor:

Rhonda G. Phillips
Purdue University, USA

Editorial Board:

Mark Brennan
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Jan Flora
Iowa State University, USA

Gary P. Green
University of Wisconsin, USA

Brian McGrath
National University of Ireland

Norman Walzer
Northern Illinois University, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography