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Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development

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Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development by Martinez-Cosio; Maria, 9780415683227
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  • ISBN: 9780415683227 | 041568322X
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/22/2013
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21st Century Philanthropy and Community fills a gap in the literature on philanthropic organizations and how they intertwine with community development. Maria Martinez-Cosio and Mirle Bussell use their own first hand experiences and research to forge a new path for academic research in an area where it has been lacking. Drawing first on the history of philanthropic funding, the authors look at developments in the last twenty years in detail, focussing on five key case studies from across America. 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.

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