Stories from the History of American Philanthropy
Peace and Conflict
Saving scholars threatened by Nazis was not easy, but choosing which ones to save was even more difficult.
The origins and legacy of a research project conducted in the American concentration camps for Japanese Americans.
Stepping in to save French monuments without stepping on French pride.
When the restrictive military regime that had taken power in Brazil in 1964 became even more repressive by 1969, staffers at the Ford Foundation found themselves facing a conundrum.
New Research: Universal Symbols, Poland and Democracy, Science in Colonial India, and Thomas Whittemore
In this edition of the series, the authors have used the records of the Ford Foundation, the General Education Board, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, as well as archival materials from the Office of the Messrs. Rockefeller.
Foundations During Wartime
What happened to a massive agricultural development program when war broke out?
Preserving Scholarship During World War II: the Rockefeller Foundation, Libraries, and Microphotography
Using new technology to save threatened world resources and keep free inquiry alive under threat of fascist destruction.
In the aftermath, Foundation staff struggled to rectify their organization’s involvement with this weapon of mass destruction.
The Complicated History of American Philanthropy and Race
Delving into a century of philanthropic engagement with race, from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights era.
In the early 20th century, the General Education Board was devoted to the cause of improving education throughout the United States, without distinction of race, sex, or creed.
Prompted by Reagan-era budget cuts, a new program serving low-income single parents receiving public aid failed to meet its constituents’ needs.
In the years before Brown v. Board, a philanthropic fund hoped research and data would turn the tide on attitudes toward segregation.
Trailblazing Women in Philanthropy
A massive program in nursing education extended to 53 schools across the globe. But it never became a top priority of the foundation that supported it.