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Traditionally, philanthropy in the region has been motivated by the need to alleviate extreme poverty in the midst of large inequalities and extreme wealth. This charitable activity has been led by the church and its organisations, stemming from concern for the poor and its role, begun in colonial times, as provider of health and education services. Economic elites have joined more recently, in great part as a response to growing inequality and the perceived need to increase social cohesion.

Philanthropy in Latin America typically revolves around asistencialismo, charitable giving for poverty alleviation (not poverty reduction), to help those in need to go from one day to the next, with the beneficiaries being the poor, children and disadvantaged youth. There was, and still is, a parallel track for promotion of the arts and culture, and private education.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9774/GLEAF.978-1-907643-09-5_6

Publication date: June 14, 2010

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