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History of Philanthropy Reading List


The following resources provide more information on the study of philanthropy, a relatively new field of academic interest.

History of Philanthropy, General

Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Dwight F. Burlingame, ABC-CLIO, 2004.
Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American Society, edited by Lawrence Friedman and Mark McGarvie, Cambridge 2003.
The Making of the Nonprofit Sector in the United States : A Reader, edited by David Hammack, IU Press, 2000.
Philanthropic Foundations in the Twentieth Century, Joseph C Kiger, Greenwood Press, 2000.
American Philanthropy, Robert Bremmer, The University of Chicago Press, Second Edition, 1988.

Philanthropic Traditions, Specific Populations

Envisioning Growth-Achieving Greatness: The Story of the Hispanic Stewardship Development Partnership, Lilya Wagner , The Center on Philanthropy, 2004.
Women, Philanthropy and Civil Society, Kathleen McCarthy, Indiana University Press, 2001.
Philanthropy in Communities of Color, Bradford Smith, Sylvia Shue, Jennifer Vest, Joseph Villareal, IU Press, 1999.
Asian-American Philanthropy: Expanding Circles of Participation, Jessica Chao, Council on Founcations, 1999.
African American Traditions of Giving and Serving: A Midwest Perspective, Cheryl Hall-Russell and Robert H. Kasberg, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, 1997
Remaking America: How the Benevolent Traditions of Many Cultures are Transforming Our National Life, James A. Joseph, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.

Philanthropy, General

The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth isChanging the World, Joel L Fleishman, PublicAffairs, 2007.
Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, Peter Frumpkin, University of Chicago Press, 2006.