Research project

Foundation successes and failures: Implications for policy and management

With philanthropic foundations having grown in numbers and significance, the question of what makes for the success and failure of their projects and activities becomes increasingly relevant. The Hertie School’s research project “Foundation Successes and Failures: Implications for Policy and Management” developes and compiles 20 case studies across a range of foundation fields in seven different countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. The primary intended purpose is to be used by foundation boards, foundation staff training and executive education. The vignettes may also serve teaching purposes at university master level programs, particularly in public policy and business schools. For example, several will become teaching cases at the Harvard Business School. A fuller analysis will be forthcoming as a book in 2017 published by Helmut K. Anheier and Diana Leat (London: Routledge).


Robert Bosch Foundation


1 March 2015 - 31 October 2016

Project lead

Faculty and researchers

  • Charlotte Koyro, Research Associate to the Dean