Research Reports and Papers

Research Reports

Catalyzing Collaboration: The Developing Infrastructure for Federal Public-Private Partnerships (PDF)
October 2014
James M. Ferris and Nicholas P.O. Williams
USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy Report Analyzes Top Federal Agencies Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships (Press release)

Philanthropy and Government Working Together: The Role of Offices of Strategic Partnerships in Public Problem Solving (PDF)
December 2012
James M. Ferris and Nicholas P.O. Williams
The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy Present to White House (Press release)

California Foundations: 1999-2009 (PDF)
February 2012
James M. Ferris and Hilary Harmssen

Philanthropic Leadership: Exploring Opportunities in Uncertain Times
A Tenth Anniversary Forum Summary
 (PDF)
January 2011

Foundations for Los Angeles, 2007: An Analysis of the Scale, Scope and Reach of Foundation Philanthropy in Los Angeles County (PDF)
May 2010
James M. Ferris, Jeff Glenn, and Lia Moore
Highlight (PDF)
2009 Survey Brief (PDF)
2010 Survey Brief (PDF)

Foundation Support for Nonprofit Capital Needs in Southern California (PDF)
October 2007
James M. Ferris, Anne Ferree, and Minsun Park

Foundations for Los Angeles? An Analysis of the Scale, Scope and Reach of Foundation Philanthropy in Los Angeles County (PDF)
December 2005
James M. Ferris, Rachel Potter, and Michael Tuerpe
Highlights (PDF)

Philanthropic Activity in California’s Central Valley: 1996-2002 (PDF)
August 2004
James M. Ferris and Elizabeth Graddy

Foundations and Public Policymaking (PDF)
August 2003
James M. Ferris
Highlights (PDF)

Philanthropy and Social Capital in Los Angeles(PDF)
March 2003
James M. Ferris and Eleanor Brown
Highlights (PDF)

California Foundations: Trends and Patterns (PDF)
January 2002
James M. Ferris and Marcia Sharp
Highlights (PDF)

Health Philanthropy: The Changing Landscape (PDF)
September 2001
James M. Ferris and Elizabeth Graddy
Highlights (PDF)

What Is “New” About New Philanthropy? A Forum Summary (PDF)
June 2001
Highlights(PDF)

California Foundations: A Snapshot (PDF)
February 2001
James M. Ferris and Marcia Sharp
Highlights (PDF)

Research Papers

The Evolution of Research on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies as an Intellectual Field: An Analysis of Leading Journals (PDF)
RP-35, August 2011
Elizabeth A. Graddy and James M. Ferris

How Foundations Use Communications
To Advance Their Public Policy Work
 (PDF)
RP-34, May 2010
James M. Ferris, Marcia Sharp, and Hilary Harmssen
Discussion Guide (PDF)

Foundation Practices For Public Policy Engagement (PDF)
RP-33, December 2009
James M. Ferris and Hilary J. Harmssen

Increasing Evaluation Impact: A Survey of US Philanthropic Foundations (PDF)
RP-32, July 2009
Howard P. Greenwald

Becoming A Venture Philanthropist: A Study of the Socialization of Social Venture Partners (PDF)
RP-31, May 2009
Michael Moody

Foundation Strategy For Social Impact; A System Change Perspective (PDF)
RP-30, May 2009
James M. Ferris and Nicholas Williams

Volunteer Behavior among Asian American Groups in the United States (PDF)
RP-29, July 2007
Richard A. Sundeen, Cristina Garcia, and Lili Wang

Why Do Nonprofits Merge? (PDF)
RP-28, May 2007
James M. Ferris and Elizabeth A. Graddy

Community Foundation Development and Social Capital (PDF)
RP-27, February 2007
Elizabeth A. Graddy and Lili Wang

The Construction and Evolution of Venture Philanthropy: Evidence from Proponents and Practitioners (PDF)
RP-26, July 2006
Michael Moody

Philanthropic Strategies for School Reform: An Analysis of Foundation Choices in Education Policy (PDF)
RP-25, February 2006
James M. Ferris, Gilbert C. Hentschke, and Hilary A. Joy

Elitism, Pluralism, or Resource Dependency: Patterns of Environmental Philanthropy Among Private Foundations in California (PDF)
RP-24, July 2005
Francisco Delfin, Jr. and Shui-Yan Tang

Community Foundations, Organizational Strategy, and Public Policy (PDF)
RP-23, March 2005
Elizabeth A. Graddy and Donald Morgan

The Nonprofit Sector and the Press: Coverage of Philanthropy and Nonprofits in Nine Major Newspapers (PDF)
RP-22, February 2005
Matthew Hale, Anthony Colgan, Michael Day and Alexander McDonald

Strategic Philanthropy, Land Conservation Governance, and the Packard Foundation’s Conserving California Landscape Initiative (PDF)
RP-21, February 2005
Francisco Delfin, Jr. and Shui-Yan Tang

Social Capital and Philanthropy (PDF)
RP-20, July 2004
Eleanor Brown and James M. Ferris

California Foundations: 2000-2001 Update (PDF)
RP-19, December 2003
James M. Ferris

Foundation Engagement in Education Policymaking: Assessing Philanthropic Support of School Choice Initiatives
RP-18, August 2003
Michael Mintrom and Sandra Vergari
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Foundations, Public Policy and Child Care
RP-17, August 2003
Jack H. Knott and Diane McCarthy
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Looking for High Leverage: The Changing Context of Foundation Engagement in Wetlands and Habitat Protection
RP-16, August 2003
Walter A Rosenbaum
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

The Role of Foundations in Shaping Health Policy: Lessons from Efforts to Expand and Preserve Health Insurance Coverage
RP-15, August 2003
Thomas R. Oliver and Jason Gerson
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Foundation Collaborations: Incubators for Change? (PDF)
RP-14, May 2002
Marcia Sharp

Critical Junctures: Philanthropic Associations as Policy Actors
RP-13, May 2002
Lucy Bernholz
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Private Foundations and Policymaking: Latitude Under Federal Tax Law
RP-12, May 2002
Thomas Troyer and Douglas Varley
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Foundations and Public Policymaking: A Historical Perspective
RP-11, May 2002
James Allen Smith
This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Foundations and Public Policymaking: A Conceptual Framework
RP-10, May 2002
James M. Ferris and Michael Mintrom

This paper has been updated and is available as a chapter in Foundations and Public Policy: Leveraging Philanthropic Dollars, Knowledge, and Networks for Greater Impact, edited by James M. Ferris, director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

An Atlas of Foundation Philanthropy in California, 1999 (PDF)
RP-9, January 2002
James M. Ferris and Elizabeth Graddy

Social Capital in Los Angeles: Findings from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (PDF)
RP-8, September 2001
Eleanor Brown and James M. Ferris

California Foundations 1998: A Statistical Profile (PDF)
RP-7, February 2001
James M. Ferris and Marcia Sharp

The Transition of Communal Values and Behavior in Jewish Philanthropy (PDF)
RP-6, January 2000
Gary A. Tobin

The Modern Medici: Patterns, Motivations, and Giving Strategies of the Wealthy(PDF)
RP-5, January 2000
Paul G. Schervish

Building a Tradition of Latino Philanthropy: Hispanics as Donors, Grantees, Grantmakers, and Volunteers(PDF)
RP-4, January 2000
Henry A. J. Ramos and Gabriel Kasper

Community Structures for Philanthropy in an Era of Economic and Demographic Change (PDF)
RP-3, January 2000
Lon M. Burns

Wealth, Taxes, and the New Philanthropists (PDF)
RP-2, January 2000
Eleanor Brown

Foundations for the Future: Emerging Trends in Foundation Philanthropy (PDF)
RP-1, January 2000
Lucy Bernholz