Robert O. Bothwell




"Up Against Conservative Public Policy: Alternatives to Mainstream Philanthropy," in Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements, Daniel R. Faber and Deborah McCarthy, eds., Lanthan, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

"Philanthropy in America:  The Real Bill Gates:  Is Bill Gates the Paragon of Philanthropy or a Duplicitous Commercial Genius?"  Philanthropy in Europe, May 2005, and prior bimonthly columns on social action philanthropy in America, 1999-2006.

"Continuing Administration Attacks on Nonprofit Speech: Death by a Thousand Cuts II," with Kay Guinane, OMB Watch, Oct. 2004, on-line,

Book Review of Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (Joan Roelofs, SUNY Press: Albany, 2003), in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Sept. 2004.

"Corporate-Sponsored Charitable Funds..." International Journal of Civil Society Law, Vol. II, Issue 2, April 2004, on-line, |Corporate...Funds, see p.8| 

"The Challenges of Growing the NPO and Voluntary Sector in Japan" in The Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector in Japan, Stephen Osborne (ed.), Routledge/Curzon: London, 2003

"Should Foundations Exist in Perpetuity?" International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, September 2003, on-line, | Foundations & Perpetuity?...see p.14|  Also in Canadian Not-for-Profit News, Sept. 2003.

Book Review of American Foundations: An Investigative History (Mark Dowie, MIT Press: Cambridge, 2001), in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sept. 2003.

"The Conservatives' Challenge to Social Action Philanthropy," Op-Ed News, March, 2003, on-line, | Conservatives' Challenge...| 

"Liberal Foundations Stuck in Objectivity Trap," Op-Ed News, 2003, on-line, | Foundations Stuck...| 

"The Decline of Progressive Policy and the New Philanthropy: Progressive Foundations and Other Alternatives to Mainstream Foundations Are Created and Become Substantial, But Fail to Reverse the Policy Decline," Jan., 2003, on-line, | Diminution..| 

"Foundation Funding of Grassroots Organizations." International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Nov. 2002. Complete version, Sept., 2000, on-line, | Grassroots Funding... |  

"The Origins and Growth of New Private Funding Institutions Impacting Community Development and Social Action Advocacy, USA." In NPO Handbook, Center for Public Resources Development: Tokyo, 2002 (in Japanese).

"What are the Alternatives?" Foundation News and Commentary, May/June 2002.

"Trends in Self-Regulation and Transparency in Nonprofit Organizations in the U. S., 2001." International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, Sept. 2001.

"Philanthropic Funding of Social Change and the Diminution of Progressive Policy Making." In Reid, Elizabeth, In and Maria D. Montilla, ed., Exploring Organizations and Advocacy: Strategies and Finances. Vol. 2, Issue 1 of Nonprofit Advocacy and The Policy Process: A Seminar Series. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute, 2001.

"The Challenges Facing the Non-Profit Sector in Japan." ALLIANCE, Vol. 6 No. 2, June 2001, published by Charities Aid Foundation, London.

"Trends in Self-Regulation and Transparency in Nonprofit Organizations in the U.S., 1999." International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, Vol. II, Issue 3, Spring, 2000. Also, as a two-part series in The Not-for-Profit CEO Monthly Letter, March 2000 and April 2000.

"Support Centers in U.S. and Japan," Winter 1999, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership's CGP Newsletter, Tokyo (in Japanese).

With Dan Delany, Charity in the Workplace 1997, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Washington, DC, Spring 1998. Also author/co-author of numerous prior published reports on the subject, 1979-1995.

"Indicators of a Healthy Civil Society," in John Burbidge, ed., Beyond Prince and Merchant: Citizen Participation and the Rise of Civil Society, Institute of Cultural Affairs International, Brussels, 1997.

"Too Little, Too High, Too Much," Foundations News and Commentary, Washington, D.C., Jan./Feb. 1997

"Philanthropy's Responsibilities," Philanthropy, Winter 1996 Vol. X No. 1.

With Steven L. Paprocki, Answering the Call? The Telecommunications Industry's Grantmaking for Racial/Ethnic Communities. Washington, DC: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, 1995

With Steven L. Paprocki, "Corporate Concern for Racial and Ethnic Populations," in ed. by Paul G. Schervish, Virginia A. Hodgkinson, Margaret Gates, et al, Care and Community in Modern Society, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1995.

With Sarah Priestman, "Do Foundations Help Enough?" Civil Rights Journal, Vol.1, No. 1, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC, Fall, 1995.

With Steven L. Paprocki, Corporate Grantmaking: Racial/Ethnic Populations, Phase One. Washington, DC: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy,1993.

With Larry Parachini, The Boston Foundation and the Disenfranchised: A National Model, Facing Critical Issues About Community Involvement, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Washington, D.C., September, 1993. Also co-author of reports on the community foundations of Atlanta, San Diego, Texas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Seattle, 1989-93.

With Beth Baker, Burgeoning Conservative Think Tanks, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Washington, D.C., Spring 1991.

"Trends in Corporate Reporting on Philanthropic Efforts," in Virginia Hodgkinson and Richard W. Lyman, ed., The Future of the Nonprofit Sector, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1989.

"A Grantee Perspective" in Conducting Evaluations: Three Perspectives, The Foundation Center, New York, 1980.


"The Coming Federal Fiscal Train Wreck and Its Implications for Nonprofits," Seminar conducted for DSD clients and staff, Oakland, CA, Oct. 2003.

"Reflections on Nonprofit Accountability, 1968-2002, by a Practitioner, Advocate and Researcher," Presentation at ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action), Montreal, Canada, Nov. 2002.

"The Diminution of Progressive Policy Making." Presentation at ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action), Miami, FL, Nov., 2001.

"Philanthropic Funding of Social Change and the Diminution of Progressive Policy Making." Presentation at the European Sociological Association/Social Movement Network biennial conference, Helsinki, Aug. 2001.

"Funding Grassroots Social Change through Non-Traditional Funding Institutions," Workshop Presentation at CIVICUS 2001 World Assembly, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Aug. 2001.

"Trends in Self-Regulation and Transparency in Nonprofit Organizations in the U. S., 2001." Presentation to The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management Workshop: "The Challenges of Managing the 3rd Sector," Brussels, May, 2001.

"People Can Support a People's Movement," Keynote Speech, International Forum on Funding Women, Tokyo, Feb. 2001.

"Foundation Funding of Grassroots Organizations," Paper delivered at ARNOVA annual conference, New Orleans, Nov. 2000.

"Alternative Funding Institutions May Grant More for Social Change than Mainline Foundations," Millennium Conference of the Institute of Cultural Affairs
International, Denver, July 2000.

"Responsive Philanthropy in the U. S. and Its Implications for Saudi Arabia," Plenary Presentation at Second Annual Conference, "Improving Nonprofit Effectiveness," Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, April 3, 2000.

"Philanthropy and the Democratic Challenge," Lecture at the Univ. of Richmond, Richmond, VA, March 2, 2000.

"Indicators of a Healthy Civil Society," Presentation to the Society of International Development, Washington DC Chapter, Dec. 1999 and at CIVICUS Third World Assembly, Manila, Sept. 1999.

"A Suggested Strategic Plan for Corporate Encouragement of Voluntary Groups in Developing Japan's Social Infrastructure," Presentation to the Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organizations), Tokyo, Sept. 1999.

"The issues concerned with establishing an effective think tank," Presentation to Planned Parenthood of New York (PPNY has a new $80 million endowment which it plans to use to create a think tank), New York City, Aug. 1999.

"Civil Society and Democratic Governance," Plenary Presentation at Opening Session of the Korean Political Science Association Seminar, "Korea-U.S. Cooperation in the Private Sector: Prospects for the 21st Century," Seoul, South Korea, May 1999.

"Front Seat Philanthropy and Its Negative Consequences," Plenary Presentation to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Institutional Advancement, New Orleans, October, 1998.

"Civil Society and Democratic Governance," Plenary Presentation at the Opening Session of the 1998 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Conference of USIA and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, March 1998

"Moving a Public Policy Agenda: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations," Independent Sector Spring Research Forum, Arlington, VA, March, 1997.

"Community Foundations and the Disenfranchised: Findings and Recommendations of a Study of 10 Major U.S. Community Foundations," at the Institute for the Development of Philanthropy," International Conference on Community Philanthropy and Intermediary Organizations," San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 21, 1997.

"Indicators of a Healthy Civil Society," at the Institute of Cultural Affairs International Conference on "The Rise of Civil Society in the 21st Century," Cairo, Egypt, September 27, 1996.

"Foundations Under Scrutiny," at the Communications Network in Philanthropy, Detroit, MI, October 11, 1996.

"Philanthropy's Responsibilities," Plenary Presentation at Philanthropy Roundtable's 1995 annual conference, Palm Beach, FL, October, 1995.

"For the Public Good? Corporate Sponsorships and Their Impact on the Nonprofit Sector," paper delivered at the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy's annual Symposium, Indianapolis, August, 1995.

"Charity Governance: Board Oversight and Executive Compensation," Plenary Presentation, Annual Conference, National Association of State Charity Officials, Savannah, GA, November 1, 1994.



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