Philanthropic Foundations, Public Good and Public Policy

  • Diana Leat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 159-185

About this book


This book discusses a series of related but independent challenges faced by philanthropic foundations, drawing on international, contemporary and historical data.  Throughout the world, private philanthropic foundations spend huge sums of money for public good while the media, policy-makers and the public have little understanding of what they do and why. Diana Leat considers the following questions: Are philanthropic foundations more than warehouses of wealth? Where does foundation money come from, and is there a tension between a foundation’s ongoing sources of income and its pursuit of public good? How are foundations regulated and held accountable in society? Is there any evidence that foundations are effective in what they do? Is it possible to have too much philanthropy? In posing these questions, the book explores some of the key tensions in how foundations work, and their place in democratic societies.


Philanthropy Foundations Government Policy Democracy Public Benefit Public Good Non-Profit Grant-Making Wealth Duty of Wealth Market Failure Capitalism Perpetuity Effecitveness Multipliers Privatisation Regulation Effective Altriusm

Authors and affiliations

  • Diana Leat
    • 1
  1. 1.Cass Business SchoolCass Business SchoolLONDONUnited Kingdom

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