Beyond Grantmaking: Philanthropic Foundations as Agents of Change and Institutional Entrepreneurs

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July 25, 2013

Studies examining the role of philanthropic foundations in advancing social change have primarily focused on the impact of foundations’ financial resources, but few scholars have analyzed how foundations also leverage social mechanisms to advance and legitimate desired change. We conceptualize philanthropic foundations as agents of change, known as institutional entrepreneurs, to illuminate the social mechanisms they employ in pursuit of institutional change.

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