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- DescriptionThrough a series of candid personal interviews with nearly one hundred dors, Why the Wealthy Give offers an in-depth look at the world of elite philanthropy. Francie Ostrower focuses on the New York City area, with its high concentration of affluent dors, to explore both the motivations of individual dors and the significance of philanthropy for the culture and organization of elite groups. In so doing, she offers an account of why the wealthy give that also provides insight into the nature of elite culture, status, identity, and cohesion. Emphasizing the diversity of philanthropy, the book also shows how and why different types of dors support different causes. It further demonstrates how, in the face of considerable change, elite philanthropy has adapted and therefore endured. A timely discussion explores the ways in which elite dors view the respective roles of government and philanthropy. Why the Wealthy Give shows that elite philanthropy involves far more than writing a check. The wealthy take philanthropy and adapt it into an entire way of life that serves as a vehicle for the social and cultural life of their class. This is reflected in the widespread popularity of educational and cultural causes among dors. At the same time, Ostrower finds divergent patterns of giving that reflect alternative sources of dor identity, such as religion, ethnicity, and gender, and explains why certain kinds of dors are more or less likely to diverge from the prestige hierarchy of their class in their philanthropy.
- PrizesWinner of Independent Sector's Virginia A.Hodgkinson Research prize 1996. Joint winner for ARNOVA Award for Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research 1996.
- Author(s)Francie Ostrower
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication02/04/1997
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note10 tables
- Weight28 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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