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Corporate philanthropy trends: The volume, focus and motivations behind contributions to education

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Each year, over US$7 billion flow from U.S. corporations to developing countries through philanthropic investments. However, the volume and focus of these contributions directed to education is unclear, making it difficult to develop strategic philanthropic approaches to education in developing countries.

Through a sequential-exploratory mixed-methods design, this study maps the volume, focus and motivations of U.S. corporate philanthropic flows to education in developing countries. A survey was administer to over 500 U.S.-based public and private companies asking questions about the size and focus of education contributions. Based on the responses from over 100 companies, a series of descriptive statistics were developed to highlight the trends in private sector philanthropic contributions to education. To explore the underlying motivations and nuances associated with the quantitative findings, a series of interviews were conducted to explore the results of the quantitative data in more detail and complement the initial quantitative findings.

The research builds upon the literature on corporate giving motivations and the critique of corporate philanthropy by attempting to uncover the implicit and explicit purpose of corporate gifts to education. The results of the study indicate that corporate contributions to education are not negligible but inherently ad-hoc and uncoordinated. Corporate philanthropy directed to education in developing countries implicitly fits the model of "enlightened philanthropy" as it is directly linked to the private interests of the corporate actors. The study fills a research gap initially cited by the Overseas Development Institute in 2009 in their analysis of global financing mechanisms for basic education.

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Financing, Private Sector Engagement, Corporate Philanthropy
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van Fleet, Justin. "Corporate philanthropy trends: The volume, focus and motivations behind contributions to education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493472_index.html>

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van Fleet, J. "Corporate philanthropy trends: The volume, focus and motivations behind contributions to education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493472_index.html

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Abstract: Each year, over US$7 billion flow from U.S. corporations to developing countries through philanthropic investments. However, the volume and focus of these contributions directed to education is unclear, making it difficult to develop strategic philanthropic approaches to education in developing countries.

Through a sequential-exploratory mixed-methods design, this study maps the volume, focus and motivations of U.S. corporate philanthropic flows to education in developing countries. A survey was administer to over 500 U.S.-based public and private companies asking questions about the size and focus of education contributions. Based on the responses from over 100 companies, a series of descriptive statistics were developed to highlight the trends in private sector philanthropic contributions to education. To explore the underlying motivations and nuances associated with the quantitative findings, a series of interviews were conducted to explore the results of the quantitative data in more detail and complement the initial quantitative findings.

The research builds upon the literature on corporate giving motivations and the critique of corporate philanthropy by attempting to uncover the implicit and explicit purpose of corporate gifts to education. The results of the study indicate that corporate contributions to education are not negligible but inherently ad-hoc and uncoordinated. Corporate philanthropy directed to education in developing countries implicitly fits the model of "enlightened philanthropy" as it is directly linked to the private interests of the corporate actors. The study fills a research gap initially cited by the Overseas Development Institute in 2009 in their analysis of global financing mechanisms for basic education.


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