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Philanthropy has existed in various forms in all cultures and civilizations throughout history, yet most people know little about it and its distinctive place in our lives. Why does philanthropy exist? Why do people so often turn to philanthropy when we want to make the world a better place? In essence, what is philanthropy? These fundamental questions are tackled in this engaging and original book. Written by one of the founding figures in the field of philanthropic studies, Robert L. Payton, and his former student sociologist Michael P. Moody, Understanding Philanthropy presents a new way of thinking about the meaning and mission of philanthropy. Weaving together accessible theoretical explanations with fascinating examples of philanthropic action, this book advances key scholarly debates about philanthropy and offers practitioners a way of explaining the rationale for their nonprofit efforts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. 1. Introduction: Why This Book?
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. Voluntary Action for the Public Good
  2. pp. 27-61
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  1. 3. Because Things Go Wrong: Philanthropy as a Response to the Human Problematic
  2. pp. 62-95
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  1. 4. The World Can Be Made Better: Philanthropy as Moral Action
  2. pp. 96-130
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  1. 5. The Social History of the Moral Imagination
  2. pp. 131-154
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  1. 6. Philanthropy, Democracy, and the Future
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-208
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253000132
Related ISBN
9780253350497
MARC Record
OCLC
248497849
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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