Guest Series with:
Dr. David Hammack
Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University
Topic: “Rethinking the History of the American Foundation"
October 22, 2013
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
University Library, Lilly Auditorium
755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
5:30 p.m.-Refreshments will be served, and there will be an author autograph signing.
Dr. Hammack presents the findings of his new book:
A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Realities of Philanthropic Foundations
David Hammack and Helmut Anheier offer an incisive and comprehensive historical analysis of America’s philanthropic foundations. According to A Versatile American Institution, foundations had a long and notable history before the Carnegie, Rockefeller and other funds redefined their role as creating new public institutions and nudging governments toward new policies. More recently, this book shows, contrary to conventional wisdom, that foundations have been forced to become much more modest. Yet, it also documents how many foundations, despite the relative diminution in their financial resources, have taken creative steps to augment the nation’s social capital.
David C. Hammack is Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University for nearly thirty years; he was among the faculty leaders of CWRU’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Among his several books are A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Ideals and Realities of Philanthropic Foundations, with Helmut K. Anheier(2013); American Foundations: Studies on Roles and Contributions, edited with Helmut Anheier (2010); Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad, edited with Steven Heydemann (2009); and Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States: A Reader (1998, paperback 2000). A past president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the 2012 recipient of the association’s award for distinguished achievement, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Program on Non-Profit Organizations and a Resident Fellow of the Russell Sage Foundation.