World of Philanthropy: Entering the Mainstream?

March 7, 2003


Boston, MA, USA March 7, 2003


In a new report, entitled ? Celent examines the world of philanthropy, in particular the incredible growth that has taken place over the last decade. The report focuses on the use of private foundations as a vehicle for philanthropy, and also as a viable alternative to donor-advised funds. The report also profiles Foundation Source, a leading turn-key technology and service provider in the private foundation market.

According to

Sang Lee, Analyst at Celent, "When people think about charitable foundations, names like Rockefeller, Ford, or Gates come to mind. Most people believe that charitable foundations are only available to the obscenely wealthy. However, thanks to services from firms like Foundation Source and Fidelity, setting up and running a private foundation doesn稚 have to be a painful and costly process"

He goes onto add that "More and more financial institutions are looking to offer private foundations as part of their wealth management service for additional revenue generation and client retention."

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Table of Contents


Boston, MA, USA March 7, 2003


Return to report Abstract


  Overall Growth of Charity in the U.S. 6
  Statistics on Foundations 7
  Inter-Generational Wealth Transfers 9
  What is a Foundation? 11
  Pros and Cons of a Private Foundation 12
  Role of Technology in Philanthropy 13
  Background 15
  Key Services 16
  Business Strategy 19
  Implications for Participants 19
  Things to Come 20
  National Advisors Trust 22
  Bank One 22

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