Showing how the SSBFF has balanced its commitments to Jewish charitable causes and to Canadian culture, Spirited Commitment explores how the Foundation dealt with the challenge of respecting the wishes of its famous founders while still making a difference in contemporary Canadian society. A detailed account of the Foundation's numerous programs over three decades - including the Centre for Cultural Management and the Saidye Bronfman Centre - Spirited Commitment highlights the innovations that SSBFF grants have led to in the arts, community development, and scientific research. An illuminating and vibrant portrait of the personalities, motivations, and strategies behind the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, Spirited Commitment is a revealing, insightful account of the inner workings of philanthropic foundations.
Roderick MacLeod is a freelance historian and editor who has written extensively on Quebec social and institutional history. Eric John Abrahamson is a business and institutional historian who is a fellow with the Institute for Applied Economics and Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University.
Acknowledgments; Chronology; Bronfman Family Tree; Illustrations Introduction: Acorns; One: Family Fortune, Personal Philanthropy; Two: Sam and Saidye and the Rise of Canadian Philanthropy; Three: Professional Management; Four: Hobday and the Years of Transition; Five: A Free-Standing Institution; Six: The Saidye Bronfman Centre; Seven: Learning Disabilities; Eight: One Voice: A National Association for Canada's Seniors; Nine: Cultural Management and Arts Stabilization; Ten: Heritage: Urban Issues; Eleven: Crafts; Twelve: Passing the Torch; Conclusion Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index