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Why the Wealthy Give:
The Culture of Elite Philanthropy
Francie Ostrower

Winner of the 1996 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize, Independent Sector
Co-Winner of the 1996 ARNOVA Award for a Distinguished Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research

Paperback | 1997 | $46.00 | £38.95 | ISBN: 9780691015880
203 pp. | 7 3/4 x 10 | 10 tables
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Through a series of candid personal interviews with nearly one hundred donors, Why the Wealthy Give offers an in-depth look at the world of elite philanthropy. Francie Ostrower focuses on the New York City area, with its high concentration of affluent donors, to explore both the motivations of individual donors and the significance of philanthropy for the culture and organization of elite groups. In so doing, she offers an account of why the wealthy give that also provides insight into the nature of elite culture, status, identity, and cohesion. Emphasizing the diversity of philanthropy, the book also shows how and why different types of donors support different causes. It further demonstrates how, in the face of considerable change, elite philanthropy has adapted and therefore endured. A timely discussion explores the ways in which elite donors view the respective roles of government and philanthropy. Why the Wealthy Give shows that elite philanthropy involves far more than writing a check. The wealthy take philanthropy and adapt it into an entire way of life that serves as a vehicle for the social and cultural life of their class. This is reflected in the widespread popularity of educational and cultural causes among donors. At the same time, Ostrower finds divergent patterns of giving that reflect alternative sources of donor identity, such as religion, ethnicity, and gender, and explains why certain kinds of donors are more or less likely to diverge from the prestige hierarchy of their class in their philanthropy.


"This superb book will be required reading for scholars, fundraisers, nonprofit administrators, trustees, and anyone who is interested in the lives of the wealthy and well-born."--Kathleen McCarthy, Director, Center for the Study of Philanthropy

"Ostrower's book is one of the finest pieces of social science research to emerge from the new academic field of philanthropic studies. . . . This important book demonstrates that the most professionally rigorous forms of social science analysis can be presented in lucid prose and easily comprehended ideas."--Choice


"I have found Why the Wealthy Give fascinating reading. Anyone involved in philanthropic foundations should read this book."--Brooke Astor

"A milestone in the study of giving. . .Casts fresh light on aspects of donors' philanthropic careers and motivations."--Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

Table of Contents:

List of Tables
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Philanthropy and Status Boundaries among the Elite 28
Ch. 2 Religion, Ethnicity, and Jewish Philanthropy 50
Ch. 3 Gender, Marriage, and Philanthropy 69
Ch. 4 Education, Culture, and the Institutionalization of Philanthropic Values 86
Ch. 5 Attitudes toward Inheritance and Philanthropic Bequests 100
Ch. 6 Government and Philanthropy: Alternatives or Complements? 113
Conclusion 132
Methodological Appendix 143
Notes 145
Bibliography 177
Index 185

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