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Design Philanthropy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Evolution of Philanthropic Giving

Philanthropic investment in education has evolved considerably over the past several decades. This paper provides early evidence of another distinct adaptation, which we dub design philanthropy. In contrast to the macro-level structural reforms recently supported by large foundations, design philanthropy seeks to directly influence the instructional core. We describe the broad contours and characteristics of design philanthropy, which employs a centralized management and design system to support a decentralized approach to implementation. Through a case study of one design philanthropy’s reform initiative, we explore how participants experience this emergent process and manage a series of tensions inherent in the approach.

Keywords
Philanthropy; school reform
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/qyab-pz32

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Lyon, Melissa Arnold, Shani S. Bretas, and Douglas D. Ready. (). Design Philanthropy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Evolution of Philanthropic Giving. (EdWorkingPaper: -283). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/qyab-pz32

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