Stories from the History of American Philanthropy
Welcome to RE:source, the Rockefeller Archive Center‘s storytelling platform. We are a team of historians, archivists, and educators working from the idea that philanthropy has impact on everyday life, sometimes in ways that many of us don’t realize.
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An innovative nursing program gathered crucial data and brought healthcare to needy families, but ultimately lost its way.
Public Spaces, Private Money
The nation’s parks, perhaps our most remarkable public resource, have a history of development through private giving.
Does philanthropy always require a perfect partnership to create something great? Peering behind the facade of The Met Cloisters museum reveals that the answer is sometimes “no.”
Stories of Field-Building
How a famous anthropologist challenged her own funder to take more risks.
Funding on levels large and small helped this new area of scientific research grow and evolve.
The Korean Dictionary Comes to Life Against Tough Odds
Philanthropy, Diversity, and Inclusion
A story recounting many accusations, from rigged elections to the meddling of big private money in grassroots organizing.
How a charismatic community activist from Watts challenged a foundation’s civil rights strategy through a jobs training program.
How the largest US foundation began supporting market-based projects in the late 1960s.