Convergence & Competition: United Ways & Community Foundations

Publication date: 
August, 2005

For more than 100 years, United Ways and community foundations have helped shape the landscape of American philanthropy. They champion giving by providing means by which every individual and business can be philanthropic.  Beyond direct financial support, they provide leadership in addressing some of our most intractable social problems by nurturing civic engagement and convening community stakeholders for the development of coherent strategies.  This research was commissioned to support the active dialogue among leaders of both institutions about their respective roles in community philanthropy and what the options for strategic coexistence and collaboration will look like in the coming years. 

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