The Philanthropy initiative is a long-term project to collect, research, document, and display materials relating to the history and impact of American philanthropy, broadly-defined. An annual program, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life, and changing exhibition, Giving in America, explore the collaborative power of giving in all forms and at all levels across a wide spectrum of issues and movements. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds come to understand the ways Americans’ gifts of time, expertise, and resources continue to shape American history and reflect our nation’s ideas and ideals. Annual themes—such as sustainability and the environment—examine philanthropy’s impact on particular areas of need and make connections between historic and contemporary giving.
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The Philanthropy Initiative is made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein.

 
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A single-page, typed letter dated July 21, 2010 from David Rockefeller. It begins: "Philanthropists, at their best, try to address serious societal problems and occasionally come up with innovations that lead to enduring change. In the end, success requires much more than financial resources, although money is, of course, essential." It continues fora total of four paragraphs.
Two young girls look through the glass of a museum display to gaze at a blue bucket among other objects like a pair of boots or a bust of a man.
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