The Philanthropy Initiative collects, researches, documents, and exhibits materials relating to the history of American giving and convenes important conversations about philanthropy’s impact across a wide spectrum of issues.
A changing exhibition, Giving in America, and annual program, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life, use philanthropy as a lens for exploring how Americans’ gifts of time, expertise, and resources have shaped the world and continue to do so. Annual themes, such as health and medicine, examine philanthropy’s role in affecting a specific area of need and make connections between historic and contemporary giving.

FEATURED

Philanthropy and Hamilton:
An American Musical

2018 POWER OF GIVING PROGRAM

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GIVING IN AMERICA

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2016 POWER OF GIVING PROGRAM

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

NEWS

2015 POWER OF GIVING PROGRAM

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The Philanthropy Initiative is made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein, with additional support by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees' Initiative, a grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable.

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

From Our Blog

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Evelyn H. Lauder help lead a global cosmetics company and used the business to launch a philanthropic campaign that has a worldwide reach.
In 1913, the Girl Guides of America had changed its name to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. To James E. West, Chief Boy Scout Executive, that meant trouble.
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