Why the Wealthy Give - (Princeton Paperbacks) by Francie Ostrower (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 6.1 Inches (W) x .56 Inches (D)
Weight: .68 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 203
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Philanthropy & Charity
Series Title: Princeton Paperbacks
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Francie Ostrower
Language: English
Street Date: April 22, 1997
TCIN: 87918417
UPC: 9780691015880
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-3643
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

A series of candid personal interviews with nearly 100 donors gives an in-depth look at the world of elite philanthropy. Harvard sociologist Francie Ostrower focuses on the New York City area to explore the motivations of single donors and the significance of elite group philanthropy. This book won the 1996 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize and was co-recipient of the 1996 ARNOVA Award.

Book Synopsis

Through a series of candid personal interviews with nearly one hundred donors, Why the Wealthy Give offers an in-depth look at the world of elite philanthropy. Francie Ostrower focuses on the New York City area, with its high concentration of affluent donors, to explore both the motivations of individual donors and the significance of philanthropy for the culture and organization of elite groups. In so doing, she offers an account of why the wealthy give that also provides insight into the nature of elite culture, status, identity, and cohesion. Emphasizing the diversity of philanthropy, the book also shows how and why different types of donors support different causes. It further demonstrates how, in the face of considerable change, elite philanthropy has adapted and therefore endured. A timely discussion explores the ways in which elite donors view the respective roles of government and philanthropy. Why the Wealthy Give shows that elite philanthropy involves far more than writing a check. The wealthy take philanthropy and adapt it into an entire way of life that serves as a vehicle for the social and cultural life of their class. This is reflected in the widespread popularity of educational and cultural causes among donors. At the same time, Ostrower finds divergent patterns of giving that reflect alternative sources of donor identity, such as religion, ethnicity, and gender, and explains why certain kinds of donors are more or less likely to diverge from the prestige hierarchy of their class in their philanthropy.

From the Back Cover

"I have found Why the Wealthy Give fascinating reading. Anyone involved in philanthropic foundations should read this book."--Brooke Astor

"A milestone in the study of giving. . .Casts fresh light on aspects of donors' philanthropic careers and motivations."--Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

Review Quotes

"Co-Winner of the 1996 ARNOVA Award for a Distinguished Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research"

"Ostrower's book is one of the finest pieces of social science research to emerge from the new academic field of philanthropic studies. . . . This important book demonstrates that the most professionally rigorous forms of social science analysis can be presented in lucid prose and easily comprehended ideas."-- "Choice"

"This superb book will be required reading for scholars, fundraisers, nonprofit administrators, trustees, and anyone who is interested in the lives of the wealthy and well-born."-- "Kathleen McCarthy, Director, Center for the Study of Philanthropy"

"Winner of the 1996 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize, Independent Sector"

About the Author

Francie Ostrower is Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.
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