Timeline of American Philanthropy

This timeline cumulates close to a thousand significant philanthropic events that have taken place in the U.S. throughout our history. It starts more than a century before the country’s birth and runs up to 2015. Laying donor achievements next to each other in this way allows readers to see how activities in different fields overlap.

Just click on any time period you are interested in and a chronological list of major philanthropic achievements (mixed together from all sectors) will open. To see a fuller summary of any accomplishment, just click on it. Scroll up and down to move quickly through four centuries of American giving.