Giving and Receiving: Foundations and Voluntary Organizations in Los Angeles

  • Jennifer R. Wolch University of Southern California
Keywords: Restructuring Process, Service Provision, Voluntary Sector, Philanthropic Foundations, Donative Capital


The restructuring of urban America, arising from both private market forces and government policies, is a topic of ongoing debate and inquiry among researchers and policymakers. This paper highlights one aspect of the restructuring process: the shift of collective service provision responsibilities to the voluntary sector. The analysis examines the historical evolution, contemporary structure, and spatial dynamics of philanthropic foundations, a major source of voluntary resources. The study raises questions concerning the interregional flow of donative capital and the desirability of public guidelines for the geographical allocation of foundation funds.


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