American Philanthropic Foundations

American Philanthropic Foundations

Regional Difference and Change
Edited by David C. Hammack and Steven Rathgeb Smith
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/16/2018
Format: Paperback 34 b&w illus., 61 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-03275-1
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Once largely confined to the biggest cities in the mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states, philanthropic foundations now play a significant role in nearly every state. Wide-ranging and incisive, the essays in American Philanthropic Foundations: Regional Difference and Change examine the origins, development, and accomplishments of philanthropic foundations in key cities and regions of the United States. Each contributor assesses foundation efforts to address social and economic inequalities, and to encourage cultural and creative life in their home regions and elsewhere. This fascinating and timely study of contemporary America's philanthropic foundations vividly illustrates foundations' commonalities and differences as they strive to address pressing public problems.

Author Bio

David C. Hammack is The Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University. He is author of A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Ideals and Realities of Philanthropic Foundations, American Foundations, Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad, and Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States: A Reader.

Steven Rathgeb Smith is the executive director of the American Political Science Association and President of the International Society for Third Sector Research. He has taught at several universities including the University of Washington, where he was the Nancy Bell Evans Professor of Public Affairs. He is editor (with Robert Pekkanen and Yutaka Tsujinaka) of Nonpofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment.

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Table of Contents

Introduction/David C. Hammack
1. New York Foundations / David C. Hammack
2. Philanthropic Funds in Baltimore / Jessica Elfenbein and Elise C. Hagesfeld
3. The Washington, D.C. Region’s Modest Foundation Sector / Alan Abramson and Stefan Toepler
4. Northeastern Ohio’s Collaborative Foundations / Elise C. Hagesfeld and David C. Hammack
5. Philanthropic Foundations in Chicago/ Heather MacIndoe
6. The Rise of Grantmaking Foundations the South / Martin Lehfeldt and Jamil Zainaldin
7. The Foundations of Texas / Peter Frumkin and Heather MacIndoe
8. Foundations in Los Angeles / David B. Howard and Helmut K. Anheier
9. Foundations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley / Carol. J Silverman and Arleda Martinez
10. Washington State’s Foundations / Steven Rathgeb Smith, Beth L. Lovelady, Natalie C. Alm, and Kate Anderson
By Way of a Conclusion: Regions, Foundations, and Policy / David C. Hammack and Steven Rathgeb Smith
Appendix A: The Biggest Foundations, 1946, 1979, 2012
Appendix B: Community Funds and the Distribution of Smaller Foundations