Learning to Give's educational materials have been developed by almost 400 teachers in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Ohio. Before writing the teaching modules, they researched the history of philanthropy in our country. Reading the following papers may also enrich your understanding of the importance of voluntary action for the common good in our democratic society.
Bremner, Robert H. Dealing with Misgivings About Giving
A member of Learning to Give’s National Advisory Committee, Mr. Bremner wrote this paper shortly before his death in 2002. His topic deals with many aspects of philanthropy, charity and giving.
Gardner, John Interview on Civil Society and Learning to Give
Interviewed by Learning to Give executive director, Kathryn Agard, this remarkable civic leader shares his thoughts on philanthropy.
McCarthy, Kathleen D. Parallel Power Structures: Women and the Voluntary Sphere
An historic view of women's role in philanthropy. See also, “Girls and Giving, Women and Philanthropy.”
Meadows, Curtis W., Jr. National Philanthropy Day Speech
Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. of the Meadows Foundation shares his thoughts about the spirit of philanthropy as it relates to traditions, beliefs and attitudes.
Patterson, Cal College-Level Syllabus
A college-level syllabus that provides an excellent historic overview of Philanthropy and Voluntary Association.
Richardson, William C., Ph.D. Turning the Tide Against Laissez-Faire Philanthropy
Addressing a seminar on Philanthropy and Youth, Mr. Richardson discusses re-establishing a sense of civility in our country.
Bently, Richard & Nissan, Luana. The Roots of Giving and Serving. Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Indianapolis. 1996. ASIN: B0006QXNXE
Text can be viewed in full at the Digital Collections of IUPUI Library.