Review of Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation
Review of Roderick MacLeod and Eric John Abrahamson’s
The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation.
(McGill–Queens University Press, 2010.)
2013. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 12:2. Pp. 360-1
From the review: “Commissioned by the SSBFF on its fiftieth anniversary, this institutional history follows the Montreal-based foundation from its establishment in 1952 to its decision in 2003 to spend down the endowment. The book traces a common trajectory among foundations. At first a vehicle for managing the ad hoc charitable giving of the dynasty’s founders—the liquor baron, Samuel, and the Bronfman family matriarch, Saidye—the foundation evolved into a professionalized institution committed to scientific philanthropy on the model of Rockefeller, Carnegie and Russell Sage.”