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Philanthropy
 -­‐
 Research
 Paper
 Outline
  Lisa
 Hebenstreit
 
  Research
 Question:
  Why
 are
 consulting
 firms
 growing
 of
 importance
 in
 the
 third
 sector
 and
 are
 there
 country
  specific
 differences?
 
  In
 today’s
 society
 the
 need
 of
 giving
 increases.
 This
 development
 is
 reflected
 by
 more
  and
 more
 philanthropic
 foundations
 coming
 into
 life,
 which
 enable
 investing
 in
 a
 broad
  variety
 of
 social
 concerns.
 Due
 to
 the
 wide
 range
 of
 giving
 possibilities,
 donators
 face
 the
  agony
 of
 choice
 in
 which
 foundation
 to
 invest.
 To
 come
 to
 a
 proper
 decision
 requires
  knowledge
 and
 detailed
 information
 about
 the
 foundations’
 measures
 and
 goals.
 It
 is
 for
  this
 reason
 that
 along
 with
 the
 rising
 number
 of
 foundations,
 the
 landscape
 of
 consulting
  companies
 has
 dramatically
 developed
 during
 the
 past
 decade.1
 
  In
 one
 part
 of
 my
 research
 paper,
 I
 would
 like
 to
 analyze
 the
 development
 of
  philanthropic
 consultancies
 and
 what
 kind
 of
 services
 they
 offer
 within
 the
 third
 sector.
  As
 the
 consultancy
 services
 comprise
 not
 only
 providing
 advice
 to
 individual
 donors
 but
  also
 providing
 strategic
 and
 management
 advice
 to
 organizations,
 I
 would
 like
 to
  examine
 which
 kind
 of
 consultancy
 service
 is
 requested
 most
 and
 underlying
 reasons
 for
  this
 trend.
 In
 addition
 to
 profound
 literature
 research,
 I
 would
 like
 include
 one
 or
 two
  interviews
 to
 support
 my
 studies.
 Persons
 of
 interest
 would
 be
 philanthropic
  consultants,
 who
 can
 provide
 useful
 insights
 into
 their
 consultancy
 spectrum.
  Additionally
 I
 would
 like
 to
 interview
 organizations
 or
 foundations
 requesting
 the
  consultancy
 services
 and
 thereby
 getting
 to
 know
 the
 essential
 reasons.
 
  In
 the
 second
 part
 of
 my
 research
 paper,
 I
 want
 to
 focus
 on
 country
 specific
 differences,
  which
 influence
 the
 development
 of
 philanthropic
 consulting.
 Especially
 the
 cultural
  difference
 in
 the
 U.S.
 and
 Europe
 will
 be
 in
 the
 scope
 of
 my
 research.
 What
 are
 the
  reasons
 that
 services
 of
 consultancies
 in
 the
 U.S.
 are
 more
 required
 than
 in
 Europe?
 Is
 it
  the
 consultants’
 superior
 performance
 or
 are
 these
 services
 not
 yet
 of
 interest
 for
 the
  European
 third
 sector.
 Again
 I
 will
 base
 my
 studies
 on
 literature
 research
 and
 would
 like
  to
 complement
 my
 studies
 with
 interviews.
 Ideally
 I
 would
 like
 to
 interview
  representatives
 of
 a
 U.S.
 consultancy
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