Ask a sociologist or a political scientist what tasks foundations ought to be doing, and they’ll likely answer that one would be building up “social capital”—the ties that link neighbors to neighbors and individuals to other groups and their communities. But what, exactly, is social capital? Is there a finite amount of it? Can you measure it? Can you create more of it? Are there government policies that would encourage more social capital to be created?

Source: capitalresearch.org