Weekly Spotlight

Spotlight Archive

Richard Gilder: Patron of Parks, History, and Problem-solving

May 18, 2020

If you’ve enjoyed a visit to Central Park within the last 40 years, you can thank Richard Gilder, the New York City philanthropist who died at age 87 last week. 

Better Than Fiction

May 12, 2020

An orphaned child of slaves, who grew up to be a business tycoon and generous donor—the first female self-made millionaire in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records—is a good subject for a Netflix series.

Gifts of Health

Apr 03, 2020

American medical charity has a noble history that extends right to our present moment


The "Bible" of U.S. Philanthropy

Compact Edition
Almanac 2017 Edition



Statistics on U.S. Generosity

In this section you’ll find charts and graphs laying out the most important numbers in American philanthropy. They document how much we give, how that has changed over time, what areas we give to, and what mechanisms we use to donate. 

Results of an Original 2015 National Poll

Comparatively little polling has been conducted on big questions at the heart of voluntary giving. So in 2015 The Philanthropy Roundtable commissioned a survey of 1,000 American likely voters over age 18. 

Timeline of American Charity

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. 

Who Gives Most to Charity?

From Alaskan bush villages to center-city Manhattan, local-scale philanthropy unfolds every day in nearly all American communities. At first glance this modest, unsplashy, omnipresent giving may seem mundane. Yet such microphilanthropy leaves deep imprints in almost every corner of American life, due to its sheer density and the intimate ways in which it is delivered.

Why is Charitable Activity Tax-Protected?
(Think Freedom, Not Finances)

Periodically, some politician seeking increased government revenues will propose to chop down the tax deduction for charitable contributions. Were this to happen, U.S. charities would lose billions of dollars. We as American citizens, however, stand to lose much more than that if the tax protections long afforded to charitable giving were to be withdrawn