Philanthropy Timeline

Grade Level: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: 
History
Introduction to Philanthropy
Philanthropic Organizations
Philanthropic Traditions
Philanthropists
An interactive timeline with significant events in the history of philanthropy in America. Created by staff and students at the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service-Learning of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia (see credits and contact information below the timeline) This timeline is meant to be a living resource that invites additions by philanthropy students and scholars.

 

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 bpeterson@learningtogive.org 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.

Additional Sources

  • 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.