The Almanac of American Philanthropy

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The Almanac of American Philanthropy

A major new resource—now available!

Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking—every year, more than $373 billion is handed by individuals, foundations, and businesses to a riot of good causes. Rates of giving are two to 20 times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations. Privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society are among the most significant American undertakings, and have been for hundreds of years.

Until recently, however, there existed no definitive information source to place U.S. philanthropy in context. This authoritative, highly readable new reference work fixes that. In a single printed volume, and easily accessed Web files, it chronicles the greatest achievements of American philanthropy, profiles the most influential donors, and summarizes the best ideas that have been thought, spoken, and written about charitable giving in our country.

The Almanac conveniently encapsulates the history, purposes, effects, and modern direction of private giving. It lends missing perspective, and serves as a handy encyclopedic reference. People serious about donating money to good causes will consult it again and again as they refine their giving. And general readers attracted to fascinating history, quirky Americana, and lively biographies will enjoy the brisk narrative of this meaty new book.

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The Almanac of American Philanthropy is something new under the sun—a sweeping reference guide to one of the most remarkable institutions of American life: private charity. The book ranges across four centuries, documenting a fantastic profusion of philanthropic achievements. ”
Boston Globe

“ The Almanac runs just over 1,300 gold-leaf pages. No other book chronicles the extent to which private philanthropic action has changed the face of the country. More than great stories...,
Zinsmeister makes a compelling case for the critical role philanthropy plays in our society. ”
— DonorsTrust

“ Comprehensive, current, accurate, well-organized reference on private giving in the U.S. An extensive introduction objectively analyzes the cultural importance of philanthropy to our nation’s success. There is also a very helpful list of essential books and articles, a timeline of important philanthropic events, clear graphics, and a detailed 112-page index. The volume’s very reasonable cost (for 1,300+ pages!) enhances the reference value. Recommended for most libraries.” — Booklist

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