Part 1 of 1
From the book, Philanthropy: Voluntary Action for the Public Good, by Robert L. Payton
This book grows out of and expands along a discussion
paper entitled Major Challenges to Philanthropy, commissioned by
Independent Sector for its annual meeting in 1984. Without the personal
intervention of Brian O'Connell, President of Independent Sector, there would
have been neither opportunity nor encouragement to write what is presented here
as Part I.
James A. Fisher, then President of the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education, and Robert L. Gale, President of the
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, persuaded
ACE/Macmillan to publish this expanded version. The late James Lipscomb, then
President of the George Gund Foundation, provided funds for a research
assistant, Susan Leicher.
Virginia A. Hodgkinson, Vice President for Research
of Independent Sector, has also been a constant source of suggestions and
support and is the author of the chapter on the status of research in this
James Murray, Director of Publications for the
American Council on Education, brought his rich background in publishing to bear
at crucial points—as the labor pains became unbearable, so to speak.
The first versions of the manuscript were shared
with—imposed upon—three colleagues and good friends at Exxon Education
Foundation: Caryn G. Korshin editor and critic of infinite patience; William J.
McKeough, word processing adviser, wit, and old friend from Hofstra University;
and Arnold R. Shore, now Executive Director of the Foundation and an endless
source of insights into the meaning behind the murky convolutions of my prose.
John Simon made detailed and helpful comments on the original paper and on one
of the essays in Part II. Robert Parsley prepared the index.
These formal acknowledgements are as minimal as I can
make them. To do more than that would require a description of the network of
scholars, professionals, and volunteers in which I play a small but eager part.
Even to list the organizations would require a page; the names of individuals
would expand that to a chapter of its own. I feel particularly indebted to the
people who have so generously helped me with advice, counsel, and occasional
And so I will choose to fumble for excuses for not
naming names beyond those few directly concerned with bringing this book into
Because there are traces of my tenure with Exxon
Education Foundation throughout the book, I must add a disclaimer and stress
again that the opinions offered are mine and not necessarily those of my former
employer. Even so, the high value I continue to put on corporate philanthropy
owes a great deal to Exxon's proud tradition in the field.