Linsey McGoey, 2015, No such thing as a free gift: The Gates foundation and the price of philanthropy, London, Verso, 304 p.

  • Edouard Morena
Book Review

Over the past ten years in Europe, we have witnessed a steadily growing academic interest in philanthropic foundations and their role as agents of social change. Yet the overall level of public and scholarly interest in foundations remains limited. This is not surprising given the relatively small size of the foundation sector—in terms of number of foundations, endowments, and grantmaking levels (especially when compared to state funding).

In stark contrast, the USA concentrates the largest number of philanthropic foundations and the greatest levels of grantmaking. Countless non-academic and academic publications from this country have explored the functions, influence, and legitimacy of philanthropic foundations there and throughout the world. Far from playing a passive role, philanthropic foundations actually support much of this research. Foundations have helped turn “philanthropy studies” into a dynamic field of academic research and teaching. A number of universities offer degrees...


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  1. 1.University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)ParisFrance

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