Strategic philanthropy: an opportunity for partnership between corporations and health/human service agencies.

Academic Article


  • The study is a national survey of corporate philanthropy programs. The original problem underlying the study is the long-term decline in the percentage of total corporate contributions to health and human services. A questionnaire, mailed in May of 1993, was used to investigate the impact of strategic philanthropy on the relationship between corporations and health/human service organizations. Corporations strategically prioritizing their philanthropic support were expected to create new opportunities for partnerships between business and health/human service agencies. The survey resulted in a sample of 226 corporations. The results showed statistically significant support for the hypothesis that highly strategic philanthropy programs will be more likely to enter into a health/human service partnership than less strategic programs. The multiple regression analysis method was used to control for the effects of corporate size, industry type, the (corporate) contributions management organization, and United Way credibility. Based upon the results of the study, United Way is recommended to consider new roles for itself as a facilitator of partnerships between business and health/human service organizations.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 1996
  • Published In


  • Altruism
  • Data Collection
  • Economic Competition
  • Financing, Organized
  • Organizational Affiliation
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 10160410
  • Start Page

  • 57
  • End Page

  • 73
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 3