We know that philanthropy in America is a bursting, bubbling impulse that has vital effects on almost every sector of our society. In this lively talk, widely published author Karl Zinsmeister goes even further, arguing that without philanthropy there would be no America as we know it—and explaining why. This is the debut presentation of material from The Almanac of American Philanthropy, a monumental new resource created by The Philanthropy Roundtable to explain, inspire, and defend private giving. The book was published in early 2016, and serves as a kind of missing manual for the field. The Almanac encapsulates in one authoritative volume the greatest achievements of U.S. philanthropy, the most influential donors, crucial facts and statistics, and the best ideas—all in a brisk narrative full of quirky characters and fascinating Americana.