The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World

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PublicAffairs, Jan 9, 2007 - History - 384 pages
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Private foundations have been the dynamo of social change since their invention at the beginning of the last century. Yet just over 10 percent of the public knows they even exist; and for those who are aware of them, as well as even those who seek grants from them, their internal workings remain a complete mystery. Joel Fleishman knows the sector like few others, and in this groundbreaking book he explains both the history of foundations—with their fledgling beginnings in the era of the robber barons seeking social respectability—through to the present day. This book shows how, why foundations matters, and how the future of foundations can provide a vital spur to the engine of the American, and the world's, economy—if they are properly established and run.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Paperhace Edition
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The Highest Use of Philanthropic Capital
105
Leadership Focus Alignment
151
Twelve Case Studies
161
How Foundations Fail
261
Discipline Boundaries and Persistence
285
14_ Should Foundations Be Permitted to Exist in Perpetuity?
309
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List ofCases
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Selected Bibliography
407
Index
423
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Joel L. Fleishman is Professor of Law and Public Policy at Duke University. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Fleishman served as President of the Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company, the U.S. affiliate of Atlantic Philanthropies.

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