The Almanac ofAmerican Philanthropy
Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking—every year more than $427.71 billion is voluntarily given by individuals, foundations, and businesses to a riot of good causes. Donation rates are two to ten times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations, and privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society are among the most significant undertakings in the United States.
Until recently, however, there existed no definitive information source to place U.S. philanthropy in context. The Almanac of American Philanthropy was created to serve as a reference on America’s distinctive philanthropy, and upon its publication, immediately became the authoritative, yet highly readable, 1,342-page bible of private giving—chronicling the greatest donors in history, the most influential achievements, the essential statistics, and summaries of vital ideas about charitable action.
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 book.
How Philanthropy Fuels American Success
This rollicking essay by Karl Zinsmeister introduces The Almanac of American Philanthropy by racing through America’s fascinating tradition of private giving and describes why it is so effective and important to our nation.
Why is Charitable Activity Tax-Protected? Think Freedom, Not Finances
Who Gives Most to Charity?
Statistics on U.S. Generosity
Philanthropy Roundtable’s National Poll on Charitable Giving
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