Resultatorienteret filantropi

Andreas Peder Schultz

Student thesis: Master thesis


The Danish sector of philanthropic foundations is undergoing major developments in these years. The largest Danish funds are going from being classic donations or sponsors to be changing-agent in the Danish society, trying to solve real societyproblems. This thesis have the interest and wonder in how philanthropy is going to look like when it goes from being donation-orientated to be society-changing. The thesis is divided into two analytical parts. The first analysis is through a foucaultiansk discours-analysis examining how the Danish funds presents as a society changing actor. Its done by searching for rationalities in the funds' self-representation. Further the analysis will search for tensions between the discovered rationales. The analysis shows how the funds constructs them self through two rationales. A solution rationalities – a solving-rationality and a society-rationality. The to rationalities is determining the self-presentation of the funds through topics as effect, societyproblems, measurements, expectations and funding-areas. The second analysis is examining the relationship between the funds and their applicants. This is done with Foucault's concepts of power, knowledge and pastoral power. The analysis shows the way the funds establish a applicant-environment in which they can communicate with before the applicants become applicants. The applicant-environment is also a network where funds can acquire a large amount of useful knowledge. The analysis shows likewise how the funds are using a pastoral form of power to their applicants by inviting them to dialogue and openness. All to make the applicants more reflective about themselves in relation to the funds' strategy and the society. The thesis contains a discussion about how the funds construction as society-changers can be seen through Jacques Derrida's thoughts of the logic of the gift. This discussion argues that the funds no longer see themselves as gift givers but as part of an economic circulation where knowledge can flow as services between the Fund and applicants.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages118