Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. II. SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES IN PRIVATE PHILANTHROPIC AND PUBLIC AID ACTIVITIES IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES


While many questions remain open regarding the contexts, practices, and processes that best support philanthropic and aid initiatives at home and abroad, there is some consensus in the literature about a few basic issues. These include characteristics of successful initiatives and persistent challenges in adopting best practices to achieve philanthropic goals. Reviewing these, and considering the relative strengths of private and public funders, provides a foundation for understanding the more nuanced issues of USG and foundation strategies and interactions that are the primary focus of this study and addressed in Chapters III and IV.

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