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Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 4 (2015)

This issue begins with a special section on Theory of Philanthropy.

Executive Summary

Front Matter



Teri Behrens and Michael Quinn Patton

Open Access


A Foundation's Theory of Philanthropy: What It Is, What It Provides, How to Do It
Michael Quinn Patton, Nathaniel Foote, and James Radner


The Theory of Philanthropy of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
James Radner, Nathaniel Foote, and Michael Quinn Patton


The Blandin Foundation: The Journey to a Theory of Philanthropy
Kathy Annette, Wade Fauth, and Allison Ahcan


Reflections and Commentary on a Theory of Philanthropy
Michelle Gagnon, Nathaniel Foote, Michael Quinn Patton, James Radner, Patricia Patrizi, John Bare, Kay Sherwood, and Teresa Behrens


Back Matter