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Lunch & Learn 2

September 22, 2011

Is there a 'Rhine model' of philanthropy? How does it translate into impact assessment? 

Philanthropy in Europe is not monolithic, as historical and cultural factors have contributed to shape national practices. Differences among European nations in terms of philanthropy can be related to distinctive ideas of what civil society is, and what role it should play between markets and governments. Contrary to its Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Scandinavian counterparts, the “Rhine model” of civil society is characterized by strong, independent organizations who nonetheless act as subcontractors for the welfare state. Competition among nonprofit organizations tends to foster efficiency and citizen choice. How does this "Rhine model" shape philanthropic organizations such as private and corporate foundations? How does it influence the way philanthropy's impact is assessed? What lessons can we draw from it? 

With:

  • Luc Tayart de Borms, Managing Director of King Baudouin Foundation.
  • Volker Then, Director of the Centre for Social Investment (CSI), Heidelberg University. 

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