Collaboration between philanthropic foundations and government

Michal Almog-Bar, Ester Zychlinski

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Purpose: The aim of this paper is to examine collaboration between the government and philanthropic foundations in the age of new governance. This focuses on analysing the relationship that was formed between PFs and the government in Israel during the development and operation of two joint projects initiated by PFs, which aimed to promote collaboration between the two sectors in the fields of children at risk and the public education system. Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative, thematic content analysis was used to study the relationships that emerged between the PFs and the government. Data were collected from an examination of documented materials and interviews with key participants in the two projects from both parties. Findings: The article presents the interface between government and philanthropic foundations in the age of new governance. Several major factors that shape these relations in collaborative projects emerged from the comparative analysis of the two case studies and are relevant to public sector management: the different perceptions of government and philanthropic foundations that guide the collaborations, the politics of collaboration and the power relations between PFs and government. Research limitations/implications: Further research might examine other examples of collaboration between PFs and government, since the research reported here comprises only two case studies. Originality/value: As collaborations between government and philanthropic foundations are expanding in many countries as part of new-governance structures, the article presents a valuable insight for both academics and practitioners about relationships between these two sectors, and especially collaboration that involves actors from the New Philanthropy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Government
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Partnership
  • Philanthropy
  • Policy-making


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