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Philanthropie

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Philanthropie
29 MIN2011 SEP 23
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Philanthropy in Europe is not monolithic, as historical and cultural factors have contributed to shape national practices. Differences among European nations in terms of philanthropy can be related to distinctive ideas of what civil society is, and what role it should play between markets and governments. Contrary to its Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Scandinavian counterparts, the âRhine modelâ of civil society is characterized by strong, independent organizations who nonetheless act as subcontractors for the welfare state. Competition among nonprofit organizations tends to foster efficiency and citizen choice. How does this "Rhine model" shape philanthropic organizations such as private and corporate foundations? How does it influence the way philanthropy's impact is assessed? What lessons can we draw from it? With: Volker Then, Ph.D., Executive Director, Centre for Social Investment (CSI), Heidelberg University