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Strategic GivingThe Art and Science of Philanthropy$
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Peter Frumkin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226266268

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226266282.001.0001

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Central Problems in Philanthropy: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Legitimacy

Central Problems in Philanthropy: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Legitimacy

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(p.55) 2. Central Problems in Philanthropy: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Legitimacy
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Strategic Giving
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Peter Frumkin
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226266282.003.0003

This chapter discusses the three main problems of philanthropy in the U.S. These are the intertwined issues of effectiveness, accountability, and legitimacy. It explains that donors do not agree on how to define philanthropic objectives, how to assess whether they have been realized, and how to use knowledge and experience to improve their work over time. This chapter also highlights the difficulty in determining philanthropy's fundamental power asymmetry between donor and recipient and in evaluating when and why the exercise of philanthropic power is just and rightful.

Keywords:   philanthropy, U.S., effectiveness, accountability, legitimacy, donors, philanthropic objectives, philanthropic power

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