The market of philanthropy

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Hollari, Solveig
Date of publication
1 December 2002
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 5; Number 1
Social welfare
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This article examines ways in which philanthropic activists raised money for charitable purposes. The focus is on four charitable organisations in Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. The population of Stockholm was small at the time, and the large number of different charitable institutions, associations or funds that existed meant that the organised philanthropists in this market-like situation had to act in ways that were persuasive towards the providers of money. They had to count on the variable of the popularity or lack of popularity of the group they wished to help when they decided which methods to use in order to raise money for their work. Apart from this main focus, the article also contains a brief analysis of the possible differences between charities run by men and charities run by women.

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