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"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.

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Press Release  5.28.14


"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.

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"Beyond Altruism: Philanthropy as Moral Biography and Moral Citizenship of Care.”

Paul G. Schervish. In The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity: Formulating a Field Study, edited by Vincent Jeffries. 389-405. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Addressed in this paper are four aspects of the practice of philanthropy in biography and society. Philanthropy is a more profound array of biographical and societal relationships than its conventional understanding as an activity that flows in, to, or through organizations formally defined in the legal code as nonprofit charitable organizations.  

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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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