Vignette: The Roots and Impulses for Philanthropy (G)Local philanthropy

Local ideas, global potential – The Shorefast Foundation

Authored by: Natalie Slawinski

The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415783255
eBook ISBN: 9781315740324
Adobe ISBN: 9781317579717


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Zita Cobb’s philanthropy grows out of a concern for the future of Fogo Island – a ruggedly beautiful, remote island in the North Atlantic with a unique distinction. During the existence of the satirical Flat Earth Society of Canada in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the group, composed of published authors, poets and philosophers, declared Fogo Island to be one of the four corners of the earth: they had discovered that from Brimstone Head, a massive rock forming part of the island’s northwestern coastline, one could spot ‘the Edge’ (Colombo, 1984).

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