One-hundred-Year History of the Phelps-Stokes Fund As a Family Philanthropy: New Book

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One-hundred-Year History of the Phelps-Stokes Fund As a Family Philanthropy: New Book

We are pleased to announce the publication of The One-hundred-Year History of the Phelps-Stokes Fund As a Family Philanthropy, 1911-2011: The Oldest American Operating Foundation Serving the Educational Needs of the African Diaspora, Native Americans, and the Urban and Rural Poor.

Though the title is long, the book is a rather fascinating read not only about the role of philanthropy in education, but the role of race, class, and religion in the foundations of American educational policy.

One of the oldest, yet unknown, players in in the field is an organization formerly known as the Phelps-Stokes Fund. For 100 years, the organization worked quietly in Africa and the United States, in the education of African Americans and Native Americans, and in the work of women, the church, and the urban poor. For much of its history, it honored the legacy and vision of its founder, one of the first female philanthropists, Caroline Phelps Stokes. The organization has since changed, raising interesting challenges and questions about the role of agency and family dynamics within family philanthropic organizations.

Check out some of the reviews:

“Dr. Chiu’s book points to the great accomplishments of a small, family philanthropy in contributing to the education and achievements of African Americans, Native Americans and Africans in a rapidly changing world. “ – Prof. George Clement Bond Teachers College, Columbia University

“This book is a must-read for those interested in educational policies with respect to Native Americans, African Americans, and Africans, as well as transfer of policies across national boundaries.” – Prof. Hope Jensen Leichter Teachers College, Columbia University

You can order a copy on Amazon or Mellen Press.

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