Attitudes and Practices Concerning Effective Philanthropy

Francie Ostrower

2004, 176 pages. The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037, 202-833-7200,

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Based on data from an ambitious survey of over 1,100 staffed foundations in the United States, this study intentionally pursued the widest possible range of practices that were hypothesized to bear on foundation effectiveness. By developing a set of "Effectiveness Frameworks" that rank foundations across a set of scales of different components of effectiveness, the study provides a fresh view of the varied practices that foundations value and adopt.