Arts & Culture

Golfing Alone

Corporate donors prefer the opera to the soup kitchen.

Some communities have more vibrant nonprofit sectors than others, but not because they need them more. Social welfare organizations often thrive in the richest cities instead of the poorest ones; new performing arts organizations crop up around the corner from old ones. So what is it about a place that helps nonprofits grow?

Christopher Marquis, associate professor at Harvard Business School, takes his clues from corporate news: When Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago, the Art...

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