About "The Almanac of American Philanthropy"

About "The Almanac of American Philanthropy"

Article posted in General on 30 May 2017| comments
audience: National Publication | last updated: 16 June 2017


I was fortunate enough to recently learn about the Philanthropic Roundtable's "Almanac of American Philanthropy," a compendium on the history of giving in this country. We will be reproducing sections of this publication for the foreseeable future as it makes for fascinating and indulgent reading.

Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking—every year, more than $373 billion is handed by individuals, foundations, and businesses to a riot of good causes. Rates of giving are two to 20 times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations. Privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society are among the most significant American undertakings, and have been for hundreds of years.

Until recently, however, there existed no definitive information source to place U.S. philanthropy in context. This authoritative, highly readable new reference work fixes that. In a single printed volume, and easily accessed Web files, it chronicles the greatest achievements of American philanthropy, profiles the most influential donors, and summarizes the best ideas that have been thought, spoken, and written about charitable giving in our country.

The Almanac conveniently encapsulates the history, purposes, effects, and modern direction of private giving. It lends missing perspective, and serves as a handy encyclopedic reference. People serious about donating money to good causes will consult it again and again as they refine their giving. And general readers attracted to fascinating history, quirky Americana, and lively biographies will enjoy the brisk narrative of this meaty new book published by The Philanthropy Roundtable.

To purchase the Almanac on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Almanac-American-Philanthropy-Karl-Zinsmeister/dp/0986147451

For a table of contents with links to all sections: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/almanac

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