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A Book Discussion on "American Foundations: Roles and Contributions"

American Foundations: Roles and Contributions, edited by David Hammack and Helmut Anheier, is one of the most authoritative collections of scholarly essays examining the past and future of American philanthropic institutions to be published in the past several decades. The essayists conclude that foundations are entering a new era characterized by goals and activities far more modest than those to which they had become accustomed.

Hammack and Anheier state that, “At the beginning of the new millennium, American foundations find themselves in a situation that is dramatically different from that of the classic foundation period of the early twentieth century. In relation to the fields they address, foundations now have significantly less money. Other nonprofit and government institutions, often with far greater resources, occupy those fields.”

Hudson Senior Fellow and Bradley Center Director William A. Schambra moderated a panel of distinguished guests in discussion.

Panel

William A. Schambra Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal

David Hammack Panelist

Co-editor of American Foundations: Role and Contributions and Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University

Leslie Lenkowsky Panelist

Professor of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University

Susan Ostrander Panelist

Professor of Sociology at Tufts University

Steven Rathgeb Smith Panelist

Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

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