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Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration

Book Title

Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration

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Publication Date

2006

Series Title

New Approaches in Sociology

Publisher

Routledge

Place of Publication

New York, NY

Keywords

Community foundations -- Illinois -- Chicago, Community development -- Illinois -- Chicago.

Subject

Community foundations -- Illinois -- Chicago, Endowments -- Illinois -- Chicago, Community organization -- Illinois -- Chicago, Community developement -- Illinois -- Chicago.

Department

Sociology

Disciplines

Sociology

Description

This book furthers our understanding of the hierarchical relationship between foundations and the organizations they fund. It investigates community-based organizations’ strategic attempts to assert influence over foundation funding priorities. The book draws upon several years of research about comprehensive community initiatives undertaken by foundations in cities across the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s; initiatives that aimed to give community-based organizations unprecedented access to foundations’ purse strings. A chief dilemma built into these initiatives is that they aimed to be collaborative even while foundations maintained a vested interest in gate-keeping the kinds of neighborhood revitalization reforms that community-based organizations received grants to undertake. Ironically, it is precisely because these purported “partnerships” required sponsors to cede some of their funding power that the initiatives enabled foundations to retain control over the kinds of antipoverty programs community-based organizations pursued.

ISBN

FBC090

Document Type

Article

Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration

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