This historical Timeline of American Philanthropy was created at the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service-Learning of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, by its staff and student research assistants and gifted to the Learning to Give program.
It is meant to be a living resource that invites additions by philanthropy students and scholars.
Editors: Luana G. Nissan and Betsy Peterson
Developed by: Luana G. Nissan, Callie Crabb, Ann Giornelli, and Kristen Robinson
Contact Betsy Peterson at [email protected] if your university class is interested in contributing content to the timeline using our review and approval process
The main sources for initial entries of this timeline
- Burlingame, Dwight F. (Ed).(2004). “Philanthropy in America: A Timeline of Key Events” in Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, pp. xxvii-xxxvii. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc.
- Grimm, Robert T. (Ed.)(2002). Notable American Philanthropists: Biographies of Giving and Volunteering. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group.
- Wisely, D. Susan and Engel, Linda. (n.d.) “History Timeline: Traditions, Trends, and the Future in Philanthropy for Children, Youth and Families.” Prepared for Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. Indianapolis, Indiana: Lilly Endowment Inc.
- Websites of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other institutions listed in this timeline.