Project Advisor(s)

Dr. Mariano Magalhães

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Location

III-B-3: Hanson 304

Disciplines

Political Science

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

In this analysis of interviews with nine not-­for-­profit employees, I argue that fear and tradition in the funding priorities of private foundations has the long-­term result of limiting the local social service sector substantially. Particularly, the effect of philanthrocapitalism is felt within those topics that are deemed by the foundations to be too unstable or new to provide monetary assistance. Exasperating these realities is the missing stability of government funding for new organizations. In the Quad Cities, the main segments currently feeling the most significant financial strain are immigrants and refugees. In this ethnographic interview study of nonprofit employees, I examine the financial contrasts between established and immigration organizations. Additionally, I reflect on my experiences within the sector as an intern between April and September of 2014.

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May 6th, 1:00 PM May 6th, 2:00 PM

Local Realities of Philanthrocapitalism

III-B-3: Hanson 304

In this analysis of interviews with nine not-­for-­profit employees, I argue that fear and tradition in the funding priorities of private foundations has the long-­term result of limiting the local social service sector substantially. Particularly, the effect of philanthrocapitalism is felt within those topics that are deemed by the foundations to be too unstable or new to provide monetary assistance. Exasperating these realities is the missing stability of government funding for new organizations. In the Quad Cities, the main segments currently feeling the most significant financial strain are immigrants and refugees. In this ethnographic interview study of nonprofit employees, I examine the financial contrasts between established and immigration organizations. Additionally, I reflect on my experiences within the sector as an intern between April and September of 2014.