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.

NEW ACQUISITIONS

Philanthropy and Hamilton: An American Musical

NEWS

GIVING IN AMERICA

View the online exhibition

2016 POWER OF GIVING PROGRAM

Watch all videos from our program on philanthropy, sustainability, and the environment

#AMERICANGIVING

Browse hundreds of visitor giving stories

2015 POWER OF GIVING PROGRAM

Watch all videos from the Philanthropy Initiative launch

BLOG POSTS

GIVING PLEDGE LETTERS & MORE

The Philanthropy Initiative is made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein.

 
For more on the Philanthropy Initiative, please contact Anna Karvellas, Philanthropy Initiative Program Manager.