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The Transformation of Philanthropy: Causes, Processes, and Foreseeable Results

Philanthropy is undergoing a classic paradigm shift—a particular kind of historical change, which has a usefully intelligible character and direction. The generic phenomenon was identified by Thomas Kuhn, in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Chicago, 1962), and was readily applied in other fields of historical scholarship, especially to describe revolutionary change. More broadly applied, it refers to the total transformation of a mature field of human endeavor—“mature” in the sense of fully and coherently organized in its conceptualization, methodology, technology, and demographics, and fitting into its broader historical milieu, including technology, economy, societal infrastructure, cultural norms, and institutions.

From Big State and Small Society, to Small State and Big Society: Reflections on Richard Cornuelle’s Healing America

If we rethink the scope of government, then by necessity we rethink its scale. We don’t get thinner by tightening our belt, but as we get thinner, we require a smaller belt.

Midwestern Liberal: A Smithian “Reclaiming of the American Dream”

Introduction At my first Philanthropic Enterprise colloquium in 2004, we explored the work of economist Kenneth Boulding.

Consequentialism and Philanthropy: The Legacy of a Revolutionary

Insofar as civility—the virtue of the citizen—requires disinterested interest in what is right not for the direct benefit of the individual but for the country, the generosity of philanthropy achieves significance far beyond that of charity.

(Re)Considering the Independent Sector

Introduction Richard Cornuelle’s Reclaiming the American Dream: The Role of Private Individuals and Voluntary Associations has been subjected to numerous interpretations in the more than half a century since its original publication in 1965.

Richard Cornuelle’s Quest for Community: Reflections on “De-nationalizing Community”

Introduction For a man whose obituaries almost universally and exclusively affixed to him the label “libertarian,” it may be surprising to hear that Richard Cornuelle described himself, in his presentation to the Philanthropy Roundtable entitled “De-Nationalizing Community,” as a “closet communitarian for most of my life.” He even claimed to have been “honored recently when a libertarian critic included me in his denunciation of Amitai,” referring to his fellow panelist Amitai Etzioni, the liberal sociologist widely acclaimed as the founding theorist of modern communitarianism (1996, 10).

Government Versus Community: Reflections on Cornuelle’s “De-nationalizing Community”

In Reclaiming the American Dream (1993 [1965]), the work that first brought him to national attention, Richard Cornuelle introduced the term independent sector into the lexicon.

New Work for the Invisible Hands of Business

Introduction Perhaps the abiding theme of Richard Cornuelle’s thought was libertarian skepticism about the efficacy of government in addressing social problems.

Better and Worser Angels, and their Invisible Hands

In his essay “New Work for Invisible Hands” Richard Cornuelle evokes Adam Smith’s metaphor of the invisible hand, but challenges us to consider it in terms of our communal rather than our commercial activities.

Empowering, Not Enfeebling: Beyond the ‘Market V. State’ Dichotomy

The very core of philanthropy is the desire to do something, and rightly so. But sometimes we need to pull back and let individuals work to form their own associations, based on their own goals and taking advantage of their dispersed knowledge and diverse talents.

A Radical Reform for Nonprofit Tax Exemption: A Thought Experiment

What is needed is a new consideration of the effect of tax exemption on the status of American philanthropy.

Creating a Culture of Gift

Philanthropy seems to lack a representative cultural voice in the arts today, so what might be the major themes of an artistic and cultural movement devoted to the life of philanthropy?