We invite you to submit an abstract in your area of expertise for the “Understanding our Philanthropic Commons” retreat to be held at Brigham Young University’s Aspen Grove in Sundance, Utah from September 28 to October 1, 2022. We propose that if we engage through the commons lens, it focuses our attention on the institutional arrangements that lead to maintaining or depleting the commons. Our aim is to critically assess and advance connections between the well-established literature on the commons (Ostrom 1990) and our expertise as nonprofit and voluntary action scholars. We include a draft paper here that presents an overview to orient you to our conceptualization of the philanthropy commons. Note that we appreciate any contribution that engages with the philanthropy commons, critical or complimentary.
At the retreat, we seek to engage in generative and rigorous discussions in a workshop format. Participants include those with specialized knowledge of philanthropic giving institutional arrangements, philanthropic governance in geographically and culturally diverse settings, and applications of philanthropic commons in practice settings.
Abstracts can be submitted at the site linked at the upper right hand corner of this page. Abstracts of no more than 500 words are due April 15th. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions, feel free to contact us for additional information.
Brenda K. Bushouse, University of Massachusetts Amherst Robert Christensen, Brigham Young University Brent Never, University of Missouri Kansas City