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Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission (Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies)

Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission (Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies)
Author: Robert L. Payton - Michael P. Moody
ISBN 13: 9780253350497
ISBN 10: 253350492
Edition: First Edition, 3rd Printi
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2008-03-26
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
List Price: $26.95

Philanthropy has existed in various forms in all cultures and civilizations throughout history, yet most people know little about it and its distinctive place in our lives. Why does philanthropy exist? Why do people so often turn to philanthropy when we want to make the world a better place? In essence, what is philanthropy? These fundamental questions are tackled in this engaging and original book. Written by one of the founding figures in the field of philanthropic studies, Robert L. Payton, and his former student sociologist Michael P. Moody, Understanding Philanthropy presents a new way of thinking about the meaning and mission of philanthropy. Weaving together accessible theoretical explanations with fascinating examples of philanthropic action, this book advances key scholarly debates about philanthropy and offers practitioners a way of explaining the rationale for their nonprofit efforts.

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