American Foundations – roles and contributions

Oct 28, 2010 | Category: Events

‘American Foundations – roles and contributions’ is the title of a new book published by Brookings Institution Press that asks if the story of American foundations is heroic myth or hard reality. Co-edited by Professor Helmut Anheier (Centre for Social Investment Heidelberg and Hertie School of Governance) and David Hammack (Case Western Reserve University), the book brings together a series of in-depth essays exploring how foundations have shaped – or failed to shape – key areas of American life from the arts to education.

On Monday 25th October 2010, the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) jointly organised a special seminar at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to discuss with the book’s editors and a panel of international experts: what independent grant-making foundations have contributed to the United States; the roles foundations have played over time and the ways in which they are undergoing change; and what we in the UK could learn from American foundations’ successes and failures in creating long term change.

Presenters at the event were:


Professor Helmut Anheier and David Hammack's presentation 'The Roles and Contributions of Foundations: comparitive US-European perspectives' (pdf).

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