Performance Measurement in Philanthropic Foundations: The Ambiguity of Success and Failure

1st Edition

Helmut K. Anheier, Diana Leat

Routledge
Published September 10, 2018
Reference - 204 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138062443 - CAT# Y331815

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Summary

The growth of philanthropic foundations in numbers and significance raises two immediate questions. First, what makes for success and failure of foundations’ projects and activities? Second, what yardsticks or benchmarks are used to measure performance and track goal attainment? The purpose of this book is to delve deeper into the complex set of issues that lie behind the performance and wider impact of philanthropy.

Performance Measurement in Philanthropic Foundations looks at the strengths and weaknesses of philanthropic foundations, which are independent of both the market and ballot box and yet open to signal and incentive deficiencies. The authors use in-depth case studies from different countries to illustrate the problems and challenge much of the conventional wisdom on foundation "success" and "failure." The book also outlines the main contours of a proactive governance and management style to address those problems.

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