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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Freund, Gerald, 1930-
Narcissism & philanthropy.
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1996
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|Description:||xiv, 158 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. Modern Philanthropy and Exceptional Individuals --
Ch. 2. The Support of Individuals --
Ch. 3. MacArthur's Long-Term Support --
Ch. 4. Trustees: Almoners and Risk Takers --
Ch. 5. An "Unselfish Occupation": Foundation Officers, Past and Present --
Ch. 6. The Art of Active Scouting --
Ch. 7. Characteristics of the Creative and Talented --
Ch. 8. Selecting the Talented: Panels, Committees, and Procedures --
Ch. 9. Public Relations and Relations with the Public --
Ch. 10. After the Check Is in the Mail: Monitoring and Evaluation --
Ch. 11. Room for Improvement.
|Other Titles:||Narcissism and philanthropy|
Freund argues that many contemporary foundations and their senior officers are tending toward narcissism. In their preoccupation with self-image, with making their own mark rather than looking "out there" for new ideas and energy, these foundations have become closed shops that are accountable only to themselves. Freund deplores the abandonment of the highest standards of excellence in the rush to embrace egalitarianism for its own sake, the forsaking of creative risk-taking for the modest certainty of producing immediate results or catering to the current funding fashions. In making a compelling case for a return to the wide-ranging talent searches of the recent past, Freund highlights the foundation's primary role. This frank, revealing and important book is a timely contribution to the ongoing debate over public and private funding of the arts, which continues to occupy center stage on the national forum.
Gerald Freund has been a dean at Hunter College and is President of Private Funding Associates, a philanthropic advisory group.
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