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date: 27 May 2019

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This chapter examines the distinct roles of philanthropic foundations in promoting knowledge and acceptance of scientific evidence, often in the face of controversy. The chapter reviews notable foundation efforts to advance and apply scientific research, support collaboration, elevate science communication, and encourage public engagement. It also draws attention to the lack of comprehensive research about foundations’ work in these areas, suggesting that future efforts more fully examine the impacts of foundation efforts and the potential for integrating the science of science communication with strategic foundation initiatives. The chapter concludes with actionable approaches to propel new work and research related to foundations’ roles in the science engagement landscape.

Keywords: foundations, philanthropy, public engagement, science, science communication, science engagement

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