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Central Problems in Philanthropy: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Legitimacy

Edited by Peter Frumkin

in Strategic Giving

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226266268
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226266282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226266282.003.0003
Central Problems in Philanthropy: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Legitimacy

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This chapter discusses the three main problems of philanthropy in the U.S. These are the intertwined issues of effectiveness, accountability, and legitimacy. It explains that donors do not agree on how to define philanthropic objectives, how to assess whether they have been realized, and how to use knowledge and experience to improve their work over time. This chapter also highlights the difficulty in determining philanthropy's fundamental power asymmetry between donor and recipient and in evaluating when and why the exercise of philanthropic power is just and rightful.

Keywords: philanthropy; U.S.; effectiveness; accountability; legitimacy; donors; philanthropic objectives; philanthropic power

Chapter.  14835 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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