From Charity to Creativity

Philanthropic Foundations in the 21st Century

Helmut K. Anheier and Diana Leat

2002, 235 pages, ISBN 1-873667-16-7. Comedia, The Round, Bournes Green, Near Stroud, GL6 7NL, UK,

Commissioned by the Joseph Roundtree Reform Trust, this thorough snapshot of the state of private foundations in the United Kingdom finds the state of organized philanthropy to be secretive, guarded, and operating out of touch with the social and economic realities of the current pluralistic society. The authors call for a greater transparency, responsiveness, creativity, and a re-examination of foundations' traditional roles as administrators of public funds from the National Lottery increasingly set the agenda in partnership with private charities.