Mapping Philanthropic Foundations’ Characteristics: towards an International Integrative Framework of Foundation Types

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Tobias Jung, Jenny Harrow and Diana Leat (2018), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), 47(5): 893-917

As philanthropic foundations take on increasingly prominent sociopolitical roles, the need for stronger conceptualizations of foundations as an organizational form is articulated widely across academic, policy, and practice contexts. Building on institutional research’s tradition of categorizing, classifying and typologizing organizational forms, our latest article critically explores the different ways in which foundations have been cast and differentiated in international academic and practice literatures. Examining and integrating these, we propose an integrative framework of foundation types.

Incorporating 13 categories—three contextual, five organizational, and five strategic ones—the framework allows for clarifying distinctions and identifying commonalities between different foundation forms, offering a basis for developing more reflective and differentiated research and practice knowledge.

To read the freely available pre-publication version of the paper, please click here.

For the final, published, version, please visit the NVSQ webpages by clicking here.

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