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Background Paper:The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

Background Paper:The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

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Published by Janevska Irina
The Bellagio Initiative

The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing
Background Paper

Philanthropy: Current Context and Future Outlook

The Resource Alliance
November 2011
The Bellagio Initiative

The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing
Background Paper

Philanthropy: Current Context and Future Outlook

The Resource Alliance
November 2011

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Published by: Janevska Irina on Dec 24, 2012
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Key findings:

In the U.S., corporations have given $15 billion to charity in 2010 which
manifests the smallest share out of all private giving
Recorded corporate giving usually includes not only cash but also in‐kind
donations of products and management time, too
In 2009, giving to any international causes has increased 15% while giving to
developing countries has increased by 8%
The more global the company’s operations, the more international is their
philanthropic focus
Most often cited goal of a company’s philanthropy is ‘enhancing corporate
reputation’
The role and importance of corporate philanthropy strongly differs between
countries depending on the overall culture of giving of a society – the majority
of giving for instance in Brazil happens through corporations
Corporate philanthropy – as philanthropy by foundations – does imply a specific
focus and agenda (by the company founder, chairman, board or shareholders)
which, in the worst but likely case, excludes funding for ‘controversial’ issues
like human rights, certain disease prevention, race or gender relations

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