This multi-disciplinary collection blends broad overviews and case studies as well as different theoretical perspectives in a critique of the relationship between United States philanthropic foundations and movements for social change. Scholars and practitioners examine how these foundations support and/or thwart popular social movements and address how philanthropic institutions can be more accountable and democratic in a sophisticated, provocative, and accessible manner.
Daniel Faber is Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. He specializes in sociology of philanthropy, the political/economy of the environment, and globalization. Deborah McCarthy is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of Charleston. She specializes in environmental sociology, social movements, the sociology of philanthropy, and urban studies.
Chapter 1 Legacy and Promise for Social Justice Funding: Charitable Foundations and Progressive Social Movements, Past and Present Chapter 2 Liberal Foundations: Impediments or Supports for Social Change? Chapter 3 Moving Public Policy to the Right: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations Chapter 4 Up Against Conservative Public Policy: Alternatives to Mainstream Philanthropy Chapter 5 Foundations and the Environmental Movement: Priorities, Strategies, and Impact Chapter 6 Breaking the Funding Barriers: Philanthropic Activism in Support of the Environmental Justice Movement Chapter 7 The Politics of Philanthropy and Social Change: Challenges for Racial Justice Chapter 8 Living Up to the Promise of Collaboration: Foundations and Community Organizations as Partners in the Revitalization of Poor Neighborhoods Chapter 9 Coming Out of the Green Closet: Wealth Discourse and the Construction of Social Change Philanthropists Chapter 10 Mobilizing Money Strategically: Opportunities for Grantees to be Active Agents in Social Movement Philanthropy