Susan A. Ostrander

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Susan Ostrander is a Professor of Sociology at Tufts University.


Publications [4]


  • Acting Civically: From Local Neighborhoods to Higher Education. Co-edited volume with Kent Portney. University of New England Press, 2007.
  • Money for Change: Social Movement Philanthropy at Haymarket People's Fund, 1995, Temple U. Press
  • Shifting the Debate: Public/Private Relations in the Modern Welfare State, 1987, Transaction Press (Senior Editor with Jon Van Til)
  • Women of the Upper class, 1984, Temple Univ. Press

Selected Recent Articles/Books Chapters

  • "The Growth of Donor Control: Revisiting the Social Relations of Philanthropy," published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, June 2007.
  • "Class Elites and New Forms of Donor Controlled Philanthropy," in preparation.
  • "Innovation, Accountability, and Independence at Three Private Foundations Funding Higher Education Civic Engagement, 1995 to 2005." Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In press.
  • "Legacy and Promise for Social Justice Funding: Charitable Foundations and Progressive Social Movements." In Foundations for Social Change. Edited by Daniel Faber and Deborah McCarthy, Rowman and Littlefield. 2005.
  • "Mobilizing Money Strategically: Opportunities for Grantees to be Active Agents in Social Movement Philanthropy," (co-athors I. Silver and D. McCarthy). In Foundations for Social Change. Edited by D. Faber and D. McCarthy. Rowman and Littlefield. 2005.
  • Co-editor (with David Horton Smith), "Special Issue: Community and Grassroots Associations/Organizations," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, forthcoming March 2004
  • Moderating Contradictions of Feminist Philanthropy: Women's Community Organizations and the Boston Women's Fund," Gender & Society, forthcoming March 2004
  • "Democracy, Civic Participation, and the University: A Comparative Study of Civic Engagement on Five Campuses", forthcoming in March 2004 issue of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
  • "Gender and Race in a Pro-feminist, Progressive, Mixed-Gender, Mixed Race Organization," Gender & Society 13,5 (Oct. 1999)" 628-642
  • "When Grantees Become Grantors: Accountability, Democracy, and Social Movement Philanthropy," in Philanthropic Foundations, ed. E. C. Langemann, Indiana U. Press, 1999
  • "Women Giving Money/Women Raising Money: What Difference for Philanthropy?" in Taking Fundraising Seriously, ed. D.F. Burlingame, Jossey Bass, 1995
  • "Giving and Getting: Philanthropy as Social Relation" (with P.G. Schervish), in Critical Issues in American Philanthropy, ed. Jon Van Til, Jossey Bass, 1990

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Directors, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, accessed December 28, 2007.
  2. Executive Board, Peace and Justice Studies (Tufts University), accessed January 27, 2011.
  3. Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed April 29, 2012.
  4. Susan A. Ostrander, Tufts University, accessed December 28, 2007.