Handbook on Corporate Foundations

Corporate and Civil Society Perspectives

  • Lonneke Roza
  • Steffen Bethmann
  • Lucas Meijs
  • Georg von Schnurbein

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Lonneke Roza, Steffen Bethmann, Lucas Meijs, Georg von Schnurbein
    Pages 1-13
  3. Governance and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. David Renz, Lonneke Roza, Frans-Joseph Simons
      Pages 17-37
    3. Joel Bothello, Arthur Gautier, Anne-Claire Pache
      Pages 63-82
  4. Corporate Foundations in Various Institutional Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Theresa Gehringer, Georg von Schnurbein
      Pages 85-106
    3. Joannie Tremblay-Boire
      Pages 107-123
    4. Irina Krasnopolskaya
      Pages 149-166
    5. Marta Rey-Garcia, Michael D. Layton, Javier Martin-Cavanna
      Pages 167-190
  5. Stakeholder Perspectives on Corporate Foundations

  6. Lonneke Roza, Steffen Bethmann, Lucas Meijs, Georg von Schnurbein
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


Companies increasingly play a meaningful role in civil society and the philanthropic sector through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Philanthropy (CP). The most well studied form of allocating these resources is through outright contributions to operating external foundations and other nonprofit organizations. However, far less is known about the use of corporate foundations, separate and independent nonprofit entities aimed at channeling corporate giving to a social mission related to a company. 

Corporate foundations are often linked to the founding company through their name, funding, trustees, administration and potential employee involvement. As these foundations are growing in number, size and importance and becoming increasingly visible in the philanthropic sector, the urgency to understand their role and functioning becomes more important.

The primary aim of this volume is to deliver a holistic analysis of the current state-of-the-art on corporate foundations. For that reason, the book includes different perspectives on and use a hybrid concept of corporate foundations. First, it addresses different levels of understanding: regional or country level, institutional context, and organizational level.  Additionally, it analyzes the corporate foundation on the organizational level. Looking further into the organizational processes of corporate foundations, the book also analyzes governance, operations, and impact as major aspects of organizational performance.

By reading the book, readers will build a comprehensive understanding of the role and functioning of corporate foundations, understand new avenues for research and, in case they are practitioners in the field, find practical advice rooted in academic research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lonneke Roza
    • 1
  • Steffen Bethmann
    • 2
  • Lucas Meijs
    • 3
  • Georg von Schnurbein
    • 4
  1. 1.Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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