Philanthropy and Sense of Place

Philanthropy and Sense of Place

Conceptual theorizing about place as more than a geo-spatial reality permeates through disciplines such as geography, psychology and anthropology, among others, and has been discussed in the literature for decades. With policymakers shifting toward research-based decision-making, it is relevant to consider a sense of place as a tangible tool that can facilitate greater engagement within the philanthropic landscape. As a person begins to identify through a particular place, an attachment is formed and a sense of belonging or meaning emerges in the person. It is this place-attachment coupled with a place-identity that forms a cohesive sense of place in an individual.

Driven by the Atlantic Hub, this special edition on Philanthropy and Sense of Place shares information on nation-building and how branding in the Canadian context empowers (or disempowers) philanthropic organizations. Furthermore, we share recent studies involving sense of place as it exists in Atlantic Canada, and more specifically, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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