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Mukul Verma. Currents Magazine. Published October 2007.
Details a conversation with Paul G. Schervish about the transfer of $41 trillion in wealth, and why you can’t tell Donald Trump to give it up for good.
"Adoption and Altruism: Those With Whom I Want to Share a Dream."
Paul G. Schervish. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 21, no. 4 (Winter 1992): 327-350. In this paper I propose a non-reductionist notion of altruism by reviewing various findings from my study on philanthropy among the wealthy, with a special emphasis on what I call adoption philanthropy. I argue that, for the most part, attempts to define altruism from deductive philosophical or theoretical reasoning are destined to disappoint, and that what positive understanding of altruism does remain must be gleaned from an inductive examination of adoption philanthropy.
"Agent-Animated Wealth and Philanthropy: The Dynamics of Accumulation and Allocation Among High-Tech Donors."
By Paul G. Schervish, Mary A. O'Herlihy, and John J. Havens, Social Welfare Research Institute, Boston College. Final Report of the 2001 High-Tech Donors Study. 2001. Through in-depth interviews, the study sought to pinpoint the executives' motivations behind giving and the relationship between their business success and their charitable work. The study looked to answer whether their views on giving represented a "new" philanthropy and whether the term "venture philanthropy" adequately captured their philanthropic approach.
"A Golden Age of Philanthropy Still Beckons: National Wealth Transfer and Potential for Philanthropy"
(Release Date 5.28.14)
Our research on wealth transfer and charitable giving revealed that an estimated $59 trillion - divided among heirs, charities, estate taxes and estate closing closts - will be transferred from 116 million American households from 2007 to 2061 in the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history. Read full report here.
"A Theory of the Social Relations of Unemployment"
Paul G. Schervish. In Twenty-five Years of Excellence in Michigan Sociology: More of the Best From the Michigan Sociological Review, edited by Larry T. Reynolds, Joseph M. Verschaeve, Rachel Campbell, Lisa N. Hickman, Alice Littlefield, 1-27. Michigan: Central Michigan University, 2014. Unemployment is an instance of what C.W. Mills (1959) considered the coming together of personal troubles and social problems. In unemployment, biography and history, personal characteristics and social structure, intersect. This paper attempts to explore this intersection by setting out the elements of a theory of the social relations of unemployment within the U.S. political economy. Differentiated positions of employment, determined by the differentiated means and social relations of production in advanced capitalism, mediate corresponding resources of re-employment. In short, the structure of employment determines how economic crises affect the way people are unemployed.
"America's Looming Philanthropic Revolution"
Paul G. Schervish. Comments shared by Paul G. Schervish at the GenSpring Family Offices 2007 Family Symposium. Published 2009. To provide some historical perspective on charitable giving, Paul offers highlights from an essay published in 1930 by John Maynard Keynes, the well-known British economist revered as one of the fathers of macroeconomics. In addition, he frams his comments in the context of the "4 M's:" Money, Meaning, Motives, and Moral Biography.
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