Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Affecting philanthropic propensity: A case study of Dallas Social Venture Partners
by Sales, Hubert E., Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, 2012, 197; 3507772
Abstract (Summary)

The emergence in the recent past of the "new philanthropists", characterized by a business-savvy, results-oriented, strategic mindset and a desired to be fully engaged in the nonprofits they support, was heralded in the both the popular and academic literature. While the movement towards a new paradigm of philanthropy has fostered change in traditional funding organizations and nonprofit agencies, what has not been fully investigated is the efficacy of membership in the new philanthropy on the philanthropist. This study examines how being a member of a specific venture philanthropy organization meets the motivations of the philanthropist, and whether an outcome of being a member is a future of increased propensity to philanthropic activity. To gain understanding of this issue, this case study of Dallas Social Venture Partners adopts a social constructionist lens and employs qualitative methods to explore longitudinally the motivations of the Partners, the activities in which they participate, the effects of organizational and economic changes, and how these variables impact the growth of the Partners as philanthropists. The study uses formal semi-structured interviews with key Partners of Dallas Social Venture Partners, participant observation, internal documents, external secondary sources, and a validating online survey. The findings suggest that within the context of this case study, membership in the organization positively affects philanthropic propensity. The importance of this study is that it lends empirical grounding to the initial descriptive literature of the new philanthropy. While the recent economic downturn has dampened the new philanthropy movement, the coming intergenerational wealth transfer from the Baby Boomer generation may possibly cause a new surge in charitable activity. If such a resurgence should occur, it is important to understand how best to sustain and develop the philanthropic motivations of these emergent leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scotch, Richard K.
Commitee: Aaron, Kimberly A., Fass, Simon M., Lee, Young-Joo
School: The University of Texas at Dallas
Department: Public Policy and Political Economy
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Public policy, Social structure
Keywords: Charitable, Dallas Social Venture Partners, Donor, Foundation, Nonprofit, Philanthropy, Texas, Venture
Publication Number: 3507772
ISBN: 978-1-267-33207-3
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