Philanthropy in a Time of Polarization

Source: Steven Teles, Heather Hurlburt, & Mark Schmitt, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Vol. 12 no. 3, Summer 2014

The days when major foundations could remain above the partisan fray, even as they were deeply engaged in advocating changes in public policy, are all but gone. The polarization of the US political scene is imposing new limits on how foundations can operate in that sphere. But it’s also revealing new ways in which they can influence the policy process.