From its origins in the Cleveland Foundation a century ago, the community foundation has been the greatest innovation of American philanthropy. Now numbering well over 700 community foundations and counting, American community philanthropy has contributed in important ways to strengthening the fabric of American society and American institutions. But today, as community foundations enter a second century, they are faced with major challenges. Continued impressive growth in the U.S. -- particularly for smaller community foundations -- is highly uncertain, and attempts to spark the growth of community foundations abroad have met with significant problems. On the hundredth anniversary of the community foundation movement that had its start in Cleveland, this lecture explores the past and future of this uniquely American institution..
A Century of Community Foundations: The Evolution and Future of an American Philanthropic Innovation
Moot Courtroom (A59)
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. He recently completed service as President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
The Norman A. Sugarman Lecture in Nonprofit Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval
Free and open to the public.
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