Philanthropy and education in Scotland

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Philanthropic contributions to education have become more publicly visible in recent years, in Scotland as in many other places. Yet philanthropy used to be much more important to Scottish education than it is now. Funding from the state, from individual students, or from non-philanthropic commercial contracts remain far larger than any kind of charitable donation. The essay considers why people – now and in the past – have been inclined to make philanthropic contributions, and what would be required for there to be a truly substantial increase in philanthropy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-240
Number of pages26
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • philanthropy
  • education
  • Scotland
  • Thomas Chalmers
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • John Baillie
  • welfare state


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