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"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."
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.

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"Hyperagency and High-Tech Donors: A New Theory of the New Philanthropists."
Paul G. Schervish. Presented at the annual ARNOVA conference November, 2003. This paper develops the theoretical concept of hyperagency and applies it to interpret the philanthropy of high-tech donors in particular, and wealthy donors in general.

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"High-tech donors and their impact philanthropy: the conventional, novel and strategic traits of agent-animated wealth and philanthropy”

Paul G. Schervish. In Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy, edited by Marilyn L. Taylor, Robert J. Strom, David O. Renz, 148-182.  Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2014. Professor Schervish's goals, as described in this paper, are to depict the meaning and practice of high-tech donors as they approach the world of wealth and philanthropy; to provide nonprofit organizations, community foundations, fundraisers and today’s impact-oriented philanthropists with knowledge to improve their endeavors; and to offer the general public accurate information that will counter some misunderstandings and encourage fresh thinking about the attitudes and activities of high-tech donors.

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