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How Foundations Work: What Grantseekers Need to Know About the Many Faces of Foundations by Dennis P. McIlnay

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Chapter Eight

Conclusion: Faces of Foundations in the Future

Judges. Editors. Citizens. Activists. Entrepreneurs. Partners. These metaphors offer new portraits of foundations and invite us to examine the accuracy of our perceptions of them. Many of our ideas about foundations are based on images that enable us to see them only in certain ways, but this book examines the truth and falsehood of these ideas and suggests new ways for managers, fundraisers, and researchers to understand foundations.

By no means do the metaphors represent all perspectives; no single metaphor or set of metaphors can do that because foundations are many things at once. Each of the faces of foundations, no different than human faces, has two sides, a light side symbolizing ...

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