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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Local Development & Society

For a Special Issue on
Placed-Based Philanthropic Institutions and Community Development

Manuscript deadline
31 May 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Patsy Kraeger, PhD, Georgia Southern University
[email protected]

Frank Ridzi, PhD, MPA, Central New York Community Foundation/Le Moyne College
[email protected]

Rhonda Phillips, PhD, F.A.I.C.P., Purdue University
[email protected]

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Placed-Based Philanthropic Institutions and Community Development

In the midst of a global pandemic, economic collapse and racial unrest, there is increasing evidence of the myriad ways local community development can benefit from the various forms of place-based philanthropic institutions that presently exist in our own back yards (including private independent foundations, community foundations, conversion foundations, regional private foundations, regional grantmaker associations and others engaging in place–based philanthropy). These opportunities to leverage philanthropic resources for improved community quality of life (including but not limited to such things as participation, empowerment, health impacts, livelihoods and other economic impacts) are of increasing importance and concern to those who work in and study philanthropy from practitioner, research and scholarly perspectives. Currently, the literature on this work is scattered across a variety of disciplines, making it difficult to consider a uniform body of work to inform practice and scholarship in this field.

This special issue serves as a platform to advance place-based philanthropy and community development as a specialized area of study. As such, we are seeking submissions that include an overview of the current state of the field, innovative new practices and approaches, and reflections on the past and future of this area of research and practice.

This special edition will explore the impact of philanthropy on community development such as community indicator measures, equity and inclusion initiatives, public policy work, community leadership, community partnerships, grantmaking (including such topics as capacity building, catalytic, traditional responsive, collaborative, participatory, strategic, trust-based, and venture approaches) and other related areas. We seek to explore the many roles philanthropic institutions play in the communities they serve in the US and globally. Finally, the goal of the special issue is to bring together cutting-edge research, scholarship and practice to address and inform future community development and the practice of philanthropy. We welcome submissions from all disciplines as well as multidisciplinary and practitioner perspectives.

Submission Instructions

Select: "Placed-Based Philanthropic Institutions and Community Development” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne

Potential contributions: We invite researchers studying any aspect of building community development and philanthropy to submit for this special issue.  First be published as a journal special issue and then a book. Book reviews will not be included in the book.

Submissions may include:

  • Commentaries
  • Case studies
  • Empirical research studies
  • Theory building
  • Program, policy and book reviews

We are seeking original articles with a maximum of 8,000 words, all-inclusive. Program, policy and book reviews with of minimum of 1000 and a maximum 3000 words.


  • July 31, 2021: Deadline for abstract proposals from potential contributors (see below)
  • December 31, 2021: Manuscript submission deadline
  • February 28, 2022: First decisions regarding submitted manuscripts
  • May 31 2022: Revised manuscript submission deadline
  • June - July, 2022: Review of revised manuscripts and decisions

Abstract Proposals: The abstract proposal should be a word document that contains the following: (a) manuscript title (which can change), (b) the names, affiliations, and emails of authors, and (c) a proposal (~500 words) of the planned contribution that includes: a summary of the key issues and/or research questions the paper will address and its relevance to the special issue. For empirical papers, methodology information should also be provided on the sample, methods, measures/variables, and results. Submit your abstracts to: Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D. to [email protected].

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