Religion in Philanthropic Organizations

Religion in Philanthropic Organizations : Family, Friend, Foe?

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Religion in Philanthropic Organizations explores the tensions inherent in religious philanthropies across a variety of organizations and examines the effect assumptions about "professional" philanthropy have had on how religious philanthropies carry out their activities. Among the organizations discussed are the Salvation Army, the World Council of Churches, and Catholic Charities USA. The essays focus on the work of one individual, Robert Pierce, founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, and on more general matters such as philanthropy and Jewish identity, American Muslim philanthropy since 9/11, and the federal program that funds faith-based initiatives. The book sheds light on how religion and philanthropy function in American society, shaping and being shaped by the culture and its notions of the "common good."show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 2 b&w illus.
  • 0253009952
  • 9780253009951

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Overall, Religion in Philanthropic Organizations: Family, Friend, Foe? provides a useful review of the various Abrahamic religions and their approaches to philanthropy. However, what gives this edited volume special value is that it brings to light the tension between secular and religious giving and the implications that this tension has for faith practitioners and society-at-large. . . . After reading the book, one walks away with a greater understanding of the challenges surrounding faith-based motivators that make giving in both religious and secular spheres so important to philanthropy in America. * Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly *show more

About Thomas J. Davis

Thomas J. Davis is Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is managing editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, editor of John Calvin's American Legacy, and author of the entry on philanthropy in the Encyclopedia of Religion in more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. New Wineskins or New Wine? The Evolution of Ecumenical Humanitarian Assistance Elizabeth G. Ferris2. Religious Ambivalence in Jewish American Philanthropy Shaul Kelner3. The Price of Success: The Impact of News on Religious Identity and Philanthropy Diane Winston4. Heartbroken for God's World: The Story of Bob Pierce, Founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse David P. King5. Catholic Charities, Religion, and Philanthropy Fred Kammer6. "Intelligent Leadership in the Cause of Racial Brotherhood": Quakers, Social Science, and the American Friends Service Committee's Interwar Racial Activism Allan W. Austin7. Religious Philanthropies and Government Social Programs Sheila S. Kennedy8. Juggling the Religious and the Secular: World Visions Susan McDonic9. Philanthropic Decisions of American Jews: The Influence of Religious Identity on Charitable Choices Arnold Dashefsky and Bernard Lazerwitz10. Myth vs. Reality: Muslim American Philanthropy since 9/11 Shariq SiddiquiContributorsIndexshow more

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