Innovation in Strategic Philanthropy

Local and Global Perspectives

  • Helmut K. Anheier
  • Adele Simmons
  • David Winder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Local Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Helmut K. Anheier, David Winder
      Pages 3-6
    3. Marcos Kisil
      Pages 7-20
    4. Miroslav Pospíscil
      Pages 21-35
    5. David Winder
      Pages 37-55
    6. David Bonbright
      Pages 57-60
    7. Dugan Fraser
      Pages 79-92
    8. Paiboon Wattanasiritham
      Pages 93-106
    9. David Winder, Natasha Amott
      Pages 107-114
  3. Global Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Helmut K. Anheier
      Pages 117-119
    3. Melanie Beth Oliviero, Adele Simmons
      Pages 121-137
    4. Dan Nielsen
      Pages 139-150
    5. Helmut K. Anheier, Marcus Lam
      Pages 213-222
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-236

About this book


Philanthropy has been around for thousands of years but the study of philanthropic organizations and their role in a civil society is still recent. Most of the research focuses on organizations and institutions in developed market economies, in particular the United States. But in looking at other areas such as the global south and central and eastern Europe, major differences in a number of critical aspects emerge that challenge conventional assumptions and models of philanthropy. There, frequently resource-poor and hybrid organizations are very different from the professional, large-scale foundation in the US or western Europe, but they are nonetheless philanthropic institutions that are more reflective of local needs and capacities, and often with greater innovative potential rather than some ready-made, imported legal form could offer.

This book is the result of case studies conducted as part of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, which focus on the role of philanthropy in the globalization process and in lesser developed economies. Throughout, they emphasize the lessons in innovation that can be taken from them, and together demonstrate that these emerging philanthropic institutions can develop their own methods and indeed offer criteria that the Western world might learn from.


Innovation Institution Nation environment globalization nature

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut K. Anheier
    • 1
  • Adele Simmons
    • 2
  • David Winder
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public Policy and Social Research Department of Social WelfareUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.New RochelleUSA

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