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Trusts as ‘underground rivers’

Today’s image of philanthropy raises questions about the visibility and understanding of foundations and their activities. As Anthony Sampson stated: ‘the great family trusts are like underground rivers in a…

Community foundations as ‘amoebae’

Today’s image of philanthropy could be applied to different foundation sectors across the globe. However, it is taken from the European Community Foundation Initiative’s Guide to Community Foundations in Europe;…

Philanthropy as ‘war’

Today’s image of philanthropy provides another critical voice levelled at prominent ideas around philanthropic effectiveness and impact. It comes from a chapter by Peter Frumkin entitled Central Problems in…

Philanthropy is like ‘farming’

The idea that philanthropy should be more like business is prominent and problematic. Today’s image of philanthropy highlights one of the inherent tension between the two areas. As Güler Sabanci,…

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