The New York Charities Directory compiled by the Charity Organization Society enumerates 1,000 charities and the 2,500 persons who ran them. Examination of this vast and complex network, using a combination of macro- and micro-sociological methods, enables the drawing of a global map of the charitable world and its various interconnected regions. Multiple-component analysis helps to correlate the positions of individuals in that world with their social and economic characteristics. Focusing on 200 charity leaders who interlocked several charities and controlled or connected various portions of the network, these procedures bring to the foreground famous philanthropists and activists, as well as people not so well known.

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