A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Ideals and Realities of Philanthropic Foundations

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America's grantmaking foundations have grown rapidly over the course of recent decades, even in the face of financial and economic crises. Foundations have a great deal of freedom, enjoy widespread legitimacy, and wield considerable influence. In this book, David Hammack and Helmut Anheier follow up their edited volume, American Foundations, with a comprehensive historical account of what American foundations have done with that independence and power.


While philanthropic foundations play important roles in other parts of the world, the U.S. sector stands out as exceptional. Nowhere else are they so numerous, prominent, or autonomous. What have been the main contributions of philanthropic foundations to American society? And what might the future hold for them?


A Versatile American Institution considers foundations in a new way. Previous accounts typically focused narrowly on their organization, donors, and leaders, and their intentions—but not on the outcome of philanthropy. Rather than looking at foundations in a vacuum, Hammack and Anheier consider their roles and contributions in the context of their times and their economic and political circumstances.


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In this book, David Hammack and Helmut Anheier follow up their edited volume American Foundations with a concise historical account of changes in the nation's foundations over the more than two hundred years of their history.

A Versatile American Institution shows that foundations have operated in dramatically changing contexts. These contexts have varied notably from field to field and from place to place. Foundation contexts have also changed greatly over time as one historical formation gives way to another. Foundations first appeared after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, in the 1790s.  Support of religious communities was then, and continues now to be one of the chief foundation purposes.  Foundations also advanced many Enlightenment causes during the nineteenth century, as they do today.  Altogether, we discern four distinct periods:

  • the sectarian, particular-purpose era of the nineteenth century;
     
  • the classic institution-building era of the first half of the twentieth century;
     
  • a postwar period of struggle for strategy and relevance, lasting into the 1990s; and
     
  • a new period characterized by acceptance of variety and a tighter focus on results.  
To write this history, we have drawn on our own extensive original research as well as on a large number of studies both of foundations and of the fields in which foundations have chosen to work.  One feature of this book is our considered discussion of these scattered, diverse, and often contentious studies.
 
Today's foundations and their constituents, potential grantees, analysts and observers can all learn a great deal from the past, but they must consider past experience in the context of present realities. This book will inform and facilitate that critically important process.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
 
1. Foundations in the United States
2. Remarkable Nineteenth-Century Foundations
3. The Classic Institution-Building Period, 1950-2000
4. After World War II: Readjustment and Redefinition 
5. Variety and Relevance: American Foundations at the Start of the Twenty-First Century
 
Appendices
 
What is a Foundation?
On Sources
 
NotesReferences
Index of Subjects

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David C. Hammack is the Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a past president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Helmut K. Anheier is dean of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, serves as academic director of the Center for Social Investment at Heidelberg University, and is senior fellow at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Policy. Anheier and Hammack are the coeditors of American Foundations: Roles and Contributions (Brookings, 2010).


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