ON-Lion Letter

Philanthropic foundations play an increasingly influential role in education research, policy, and practice -- yet this sector has been subject to little research-informed analysis.  In The New Education Philanthropy:  Politics, Policy, and Reform, Frederick M. Hess and Jeffrey R. Henig convene a diverse group of scholars and analysts to examine the shifting role of education philanthropy over the last decade, giving particular attention to the large national foundations -- Gates, Broad, Walton, and Lumina, among others -- that are increasingly aggressive and strategic in their use of funds.

Hess is a resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports his work.  Henig is a professor of political science and education at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Drawing on original research, the book's contributors investigate and assess the impact of new patterns in foundation giving for advocacy and research; the divergence in funding strategies between old and new foundations; the extension of "venture philanthropy" to higher education; and the backlash against "reform" philanthropy, as well as the unlikely partnerships it forges.

From Harvard Education Press, The New Education Philanthropy offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes at major foundations, exploring the goals, values, and strategies that drive the new grantmakers' work and outlining the lessons they have learned during the past decade.  This empirical inquiry into the ideas and activities of this secretive sector promises to provide a valuable resource for researchers and reformers alike.

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