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Advancing Upstream: Philanthropy's Aspirations for Social Justice

Abstract This study explores how grantmakers conceptualize their work with respect to issues of social justice. It seeks to answer two primary questions: What role, if any, does the philanthropic community ascribe to itself in not just ameliorating but helping solve our greatest social challenges? And if philanthropy does see itself as an agent of change, what are the barriers that limit its potential? After painting a portrait of contemporary American philanthropy, this paper applies Iris Marion Young's critique of distributive justice to philanthropy's dilemma between downstream charitable aid and upstream structural change. The thesis then turns to analysis of semi-structured interviews with eighteen of Arizona's foundation leaders t... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Lester, Eva Lorraine (Author) / Zatz, Marjorie S (Advisor) / Haglund, Ladawn (Committee member) / Romero, Mary (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social Research / Sociology / Public Policy and Social Welfare / Charity / Foundations / Philanthropy / Social Change / Social Justice / Structural Change
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 199 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Justice Studies 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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