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Alex Nicholls, Rob Paton, and Jed Emerson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703761.001.0001

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Philanthrocapitalism comes of age

Philanthrocapitalism comes of age

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Social Finance

Matthew Bishop

Michael Green

Oxford University Press

The chapter build on previous work to explore how philanthrocapitalism has evolved. Despite the financial crisis of 2008, engaged giving has expanded and become more institutionalized rather than withering away. Indeed, even governments are now advocates. The chapter functions as a set of debates addressing key critics of philanthrocapitalism—as such it is, itself, somewhat controversial. Yet, the chapter highlights several important issues that go beyond its particular perspective, such as the value of more diligent impact measurement and improved transparency and accountability in the grant-making sector. The chapter goes on to highlight some of the emerging innovations in this sector including philanthropic ‘marketplaces’ such as the Clinton Global Initiative. The chapter concludes with a cautious reminder that taking risks can pay off, but demonstrable successes are important too.

Keywords:   philanthrocapitalism, impact measurement, philanthropic marketplaces, venture philanthropy, profit, market rate

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