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Doing Environment and Nature Protection Differently: How Foundations Differ in Their Work on Environmental Issues in Germany and the United States

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Corporate Editor Maecenata Institut für Philanthropie und Zivilgesellschaft
Abstract Environmental foundations in Germany and the United States were examined for differences in financial settings, professionalization and fields of action. Data from an online survey shows that US foundations have greater financial strength and act more professionally than German environmental foundations. Furthermore, the fields of action show significant differences. In both countries captivating topics that have a positive connotation dominate financial spending, while there is a significant difference in orientation towards nature conservation and environmental development. Together, these findings suggest that beyond the financial power of the foundations the tradition of civil society organizations influences the fields of action and the thematic orientation.
Keywords foundation; environmental protection; conservation; Federal Republic of Germany; United States of America; biodiversity; landscape protection; funding; donation; professionalization; civil society
Classification Organizational Sociology; Ecology, Environment
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 19 p.
Series Opuscula, 78
ISSN 1868-1840
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works