1870-1900

(left) Bust of the influential and controversial philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, made by John Massey Rhind, 1908.
National Portrait Gallery, gift of Jean Bertram Burke Underhill; conserved with funds from Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
(right) Poster announcing a concert to raise money for Russian Jewish refugees fleeing violent persecution, 1882.

The Development of the Industrial United States 

How did the rise of corporations and industrial wealth reshape how Americans viewed charitable giving and the practice of philanthropy? 

In what ways did philanthropists attempt to meet the challenges of mass immigration and industrialization?

Bust of the influential and controversial philanthropist Andrew Carnegie & Poster announcing a concert to raise money for Russian Jewish refugees fleeing violent persecution, 1882

Mining Charity

Comstock Mining Co. illustration

What is Philanthropy?

What is Philanthropy?

How do the arts promote social change?

A yellowed page with black text announcing the "Grand Concert in aid of the Russian Jewish Refugees"

American Philanthropy: A new Smithsonian initiative

Case with objects inside