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Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 4 (2015)This issue begins with a special section on Theory of Philanthropy.
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
When Backbone Organizations Become the Funder: The Use of Fiscal Intermediaries in the Context of Collective Impact
Jewlya Lynn, Kirsten Breckinridge, Ashley Denault, and Chris Marvin
Place-Based Initiatives: Lessons From Five Decades of Experimentation and Experience
James M. Ferris and Elwood Hopkins
Creating Choices Before Making Choices: One Family Foundation’s Journey to Finding a Strategic Focus
Kelly C. Medinger and Angela R. Logan