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Philanthropy and Society

David J. Maurrasse



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03 March 2020
Management: leadership & motivation; Non-profitmaking organisations
A comprehensive introduction to the field of philanthropy, Philanthropy and Society challenges the reader to think deeply about the role of philanthropic institutions in shaping and bettering the communities they serve and civil society as a whole.

While all agree that the function of philanthropic organizations is to maximize the impact of grant making, there is little consensus on how to do that. This book focuses on two trends that have emerged: strategic philanthropy and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. Amidst persistent societal inequities, the proliferation of philanthropy leaves one wondering about the potential of this expanding industry to influence social change as well as include constituents beyond donors and their staff. The book offers several case studies of different types of foundations from around the world that demonstrate several tactics used to develop plans that are both strategic and inclusive.

Upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students of philanthropy, as well as professionals, will come away from this book with a more nuanced and practical sense of the challenging questions the field of philanthropy faces, and the different ways they can be tackled.
By:   David J. Maurrasse
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9781138731400
ISBN 10:   1138731404
Pages:   158
Publication Date:   03 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David J. Maurrasse, Ph.D., is the Founder & President of Marga Incorporated as well as Research Scholar at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Reviews for Philanthropy and Society

Maurrasse guides the reader through a deep examination of philanthropy, its history, evolution and role in society. He challenges us to answer questions regarding philanthropy's impact, value and relevance; particularly given the demographic shifts in the country as well as the call for diversity, equity and inclusion. We learn through case studies, about the landscape of philanthropy in America and internationally, in the U.K., Africa and global philanthropy efforts by American philanthropy. Ultimately, he elegantly reminds us of philanthropy's responsibility to listen and learn from the communities in which serves, and its inextricable link to the nonprofit sector, if it is to be an agent of change. -Janine Lee, President and CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations The issue of inclusive philanthropy is a vital one for funders today, so David Maurrasse's book Philanthropy and Society comes at a particularly opportune moment for our field. If funders wants to be as effective as possible in reducing the disparities we see today in nearly every aspect of individual and community well-being, it must include the perspectives, voices and participation of the people who are the beneficiaries of their philanthropic efforts. Foundations are always hungry for good examples of how their peers are addressing inclusion in their work, so I'm pleased that this book is centered on foundation case studies. Philanthropy and Society is a welcome addition to the body of work on how our field can get better at addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. -David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, United Philanthropy Forum An expert insider's analysis of how philanthropies are shaping our efforts to make the world a better place and how they can be more inclusive, representative and effective in that quest. The case studies are diverse in every way, compellingly and, taken together, provide a strategy to harness the potential to make doing good better. Makes a strong argument for engagement, place-based solutions, strategic planning, cross-sector partnerships. A GREAT book. -Bill Eimicke, Professor in the Practice of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and co-author of Social Value Investing

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