White Papers

White Papers are brief articles of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy. They link the importance of philanthropy to concepts and people and they are appropriate for anyone - teen or adult - interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy.

Begin with one of the categories below and add keywords to narrow to titles that fit your interests. Search for specific topics in this full list of papers here. 

Note: If you are referencing the work, attribute the paper to the author at the top of the page and the publisher as Learning to Give. Please include the URL of the article. You can date your reference by the date you accessed it. All papers were written by graduate students in a philanthropy or nonprofit business program. 

Working Hard During Study Hall by MrsKradz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Civil Society

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Civil Society

These papers connect concepts, people, and organizations to philanthropy and civil society. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Service Learning Fair 2014 by Friends' Central School is licenced under CC BY 2.0

Communication

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Communication

 

These papers are related to advocacy and communication about philanthropy or how communication impacts social action. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

National Advocate for Children Speaks Out in Connecticut by CT Senate Democrats is licenced under CC BY 2.0

Democracy

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Democracy

These papers connect the themes of democracy and philanthropy. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Creative Company Conference 2011 by Sebastiaan ter Burg is licenced under CC BY 2.0

Faith-based

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Faith-based

Tithing
Generally defined as a tenth of the fruits of one's labor owed to God in recognition and thankfulness, tithes are traditionally paid to one's religious institution.

Religious Basis for Charitable Giving
Many religious faiths encourage charitable activity by its members. Although the reasoning and origin varies from one group to another, numerous similarities emerge as the basis for charitable giving.

Charity
Traces charity back to the 4th Century roots of "agape," translating love for mankind to a concern for their welfare.

A New Horizon by Images Improbables is licenced under CC BY 2.0

Community

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Community

These papers cover the people and organizations engaged in the philanthropic work of communities. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Diverse Perspectives

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Diverse Perspectives

Read papers from a variety of perspectives, people, organizations, and concepts of philanthropy. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Environment

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Environment

These papers are related to environmental advocacy and people and organizations concerned with environmental stewardship and action. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Financial Resources

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Financial Resources

These papers address financial concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy and civil society. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Equity

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Equity

These papers are about philanthropic concepts, people, and organizations concerned with equity and fairness. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

Global Philanthropy

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Global Philanthropy

These papers are about globally philanthropic concepts, people, and organizations. Written by graduate students, they are appropriate for teens and adults interested in learning more about the history and role of philanthropy. Add key terms and topics of interest to narrow the search.

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