Case Studies and the History of U.S. Giving


Casebook for The Foundation by Joel L. Fleishman, J. Scott Kohler, Steven Schindler
Duke University academics explore 100 of the highest-achieving foundation initiatives of all time, stretching from 1901 to 2002, and touching many fields—medicine, education, employment, law enforcement, ecology, overseas aid, and others. They are all archived online here.

Golden Donors by Waldemar Nielsen
Nielsen explores the 36 largest foundations in America at the time of the book’s publication in 1986. Read Adam Meyerson’s commentary in Philanthropy.

American Philanthropy by Robert Bremner
Though published more than 50 years ago, it remains the preferred single-volume history on the rise of charitable giving in the U.S.