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From the Outside InSuburban Elites, Third-Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia$
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Carolyn T. Adams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451621

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451621.001.0001

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Who Governs the Third Sector?

Who Governs the Third Sector?

(p.141) Chapter 5 Who Governs the Third Sector?
From the Outside In

Carolyn T. Adams

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on who governs the Third-Sector organizations in greater Philadelphia and what they are trying to accomplish. Contrary to predictions that economic elites would abandon the city, the Philadelphia case shows a more complicated picture. Although an increasing share of the region's wealthy residents both live and work in the suburbs, they have not altogether turned their back on the city. Those suburbs furnish volunteers who now occupy more than half of the board seats in the Third-Sector institutions leading development projects and pursuing the transformation of public education. This chapter shows how the Third Sector has emerged as an ideal vehicle to incorporate suburban influence in the rebuilding of the city's culture and tourism infrastructure, its institutions of higher education, research, medicine, and waterfront development. It also looks at the various funding channels that support urban redevelopment in Philadelphia and discusses the reasons why Third-Sector board members volunteer time and money to support the city.

Keywords:   suburbs, Third-Sector organizations, Philadelphia, education, tourism, infrastructure, urban redevelopment, board members

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