Today’s image of philanthropy focuses on community foundations. Given their diverse roles, they have been compared to being the institutional equivalent of ‘philanthropic cruise directors’:
‘Julie [the cruise director] on The Love Boat knew everything that was going on and could therefore recommend the perfect activity for each guest. Ditto for community foundations (only minus the boat). They know everything going on in their communities and can therefore direct people to where their investment can have the biggest impact given their interests.’

Mills, E (2013) Community Foundations playing with their verbs,


Drawing on some of the findings from our ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, each entry in this accompanying blog series introduces one image that has been put forward in an academic or non-academic context to depict or characterise an aspect of philanthropy in its different forms and expressions.

For further information about the ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, please contact Dr Tobias Jung.