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Policy Patrons

Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence

Megan E. Tompkins-Stange (author) Robert B. Schwartz (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781612509136

Publication Date: Mar 2016

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Offers a rare behind-the-scenes view of decision making inside four influential education philanthropies: the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The outcome is an intriguing, thought-provoking look at the impact of current philanthropic efforts on education.
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Policy Patrons offers a rare behind-the-scenes view of decision making inside four influential education philanthropies: the Ford Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The outcome is an intriguing, thought-provoking look at the impact of current philanthropic efforts on education.

Over a period of several years, Megan E. Tompkins-Stange gained the trust of key players and outside observers of these four organizations. Through a series of confidential interviews, she began to explore the values, ideas, and beliefs that inform these foundations' strategies and practices. The picture that emerges reveals important differences in the strategies and values of the more established foundations vis-à-vis the newer, more activist foundations–differences that have a significant impact on education policy and practice, and have important implications for democratic decision making.

In recent years, the philanthropic sector has played an increasing role in championing and financing education reform. Policy Patrons makes an original and invaluable contribution to contemporary discussions about the appropriate role of foundations in public policy and the future direction of education reform.

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"Megan Tompkins-Strange has succeeded in writing a concise and enlightening book...Her book is of value far beyond the US situation and makes for a reflective piece of literature embedding the case for strategic philanthropy - based on the search for leverage - in a context of foundation roles in democracy." Alliance Magazine, Volume 21, Number 4, December 2016
Pages 232
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2016
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Series Educational Innovations Series
Subject/s Education   Charities, voluntary services & philanthropy  
Megan E. Tompkins-Stange is an assistant professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, USA.

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