The Philanthropy Caucus of the United States Congress: A Story of Hope and Cooperation

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Presented at the 61st annual Western Social Science Association (WSSA)

Link to Program:https://www.wssaweb.com/documents/archive/2019_Conference_Abstracts_Official_2019-05-31.pdf

This proposal analyzes the relevance and policy work of the Philanthropy Caucus of the United States Congress. The Philanthropy Caucus is a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus starting in 2007-2008. The working hypothesis examines how the state and organized philanthropy work together to leverage intellectual, financial and social capital towards solving common societal issues. The paper will look at the outcomes of the authorizing Senate and House legislation from policy shaping to creating a legislative agenda as well as cooperative work with philanthropic foundations and philanthropic serving originations. The methodology for the paper is a content and narrative analysis examining the work of the Philanthropy Caucus from its founding in the 110th Congress through the 114th Congress (2007-2016). Primary congressional documents, legislation as well as secondary records from the philanthropic and nonprofits sectors including but not limited to trade journals and news outlets both print and other media will be assessed to examine the cooperative work of a bi-cameral and bi-partisan caucus with organized philanthropic organizations (i.e., private foundations and philanthropic serving organizations.)


61st annual Western Social Science Association (WSSA)


San Diego, California

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