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Giving WellThe Ethics of Philanthropy$
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Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, and Leif Wenar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739073.001.0001

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The Funder as Founder

The Funder as Founder

Ethical Considerations of the Philanthropic Creation of Nonprofit Organizations*

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(p.220) 11 The Funder as Founder
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Giving Well
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James Shulman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739073.003.0012

Using the case study method, and an analogy with venture capital, this chapter explores the ethical and practical implications of high‐engagement philanthropy, or funder‐founder philanthropy. Among the cases the chapter analyses in detail are the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Unlike venture capital, however, any losses associated with high‐engagement philanthropy accrue to people other than the original investors. It is argued that the test for determining the success of any particular foundation is how well it achieves its mission and how well it is integrated into the community over the long term.

Keywords:   funder‐founder, high‐engagement philanthropy, philanthropy, venture capital

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