Giving Circles

Giving Circles : Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, and Democracy

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In the contemporary United States, third parties are being relied upon to deliver social services that were once chiefly the responsibility of government. Among the new philanthropic associations that have arisen in this environment are voluntary groups known as giving circles. Their purpose is to bring people together to pool resources and then collectively decide how to distribute them. Giving circles have been seen as the most democratic of philanthropic mechanisms, working to meet social needs and solve community problems, while enhancing the civic education and participation of their members. Angela M. Eikenberry examines this new phenomenon and considers what role voluntary associations and philanthropy can or should play in a democratic more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 figures
  • 0253220858
  • 9780253220851
  • 953,792

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In sum, this book uses original data and presents a novel approach to group politics that should be explored further by scholars from various disciplines. ...Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, and above.March 2010 * Choice * By illuminating small philanthropic organizations and participatory groups, Giving Circles makes a valuable contribution toward a more comprehensive understanding of the voluntary sector. 39(5) * Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly * This is an ambitious and readable account of the appropriate role for voluntary action in modern societies, and poses an important argument that as philanthropy is primarily designed to meet the needs of donors rather than recipients, there is an essential ongoing role for government in meeting basic social welfare needs.Issue 38, Sept. 2009 -- Beth Breeze * Publications Editor *show more

About Angela M. Eikenberry

Angela M. Eikenberry is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She has worked as a development consultant and is a member of a giving more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction. Giving Circles and Democratic Governance1. Democracy, Voluntary Association, and Philanthropy2. The Modernization and Marketization of Voluntarism3. Societal Changes and the New Shape of VoluntarismPart II. Giving Circles4. The Giving Circle Landscape5. The Democratic Effects of Giving Circles6. The Limits of Voluntarism in Governing Beyond the StateAppendix. Research MethodologyBibliographyNotesIndexshow more

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