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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Philanthropy, Race, and Racism
Against a backdrop of white, establishment concepts of literary excellence, one foundation struggled to appreciate Black voices.
A foundation struggled one of America’s oldest youth organizations more racially inclusive. But it only got so far under Jim Crow.
Applying a vast fortune to the American race problem, but with decades of false assumptions and well-intended approaches that fell short.
A story recounting many accusations, from rigged elections to the meddling of big private money in grassroots organizing.
Tackling Public Health Crises
Key points in the history of American foundations’ engagement with public health.
A hundred years ago, hookworm disease was an epidemic across the US South. Northern philanthropy tried to help.
How a meeting of scientists and health experts sparked a new international campaign to find a way to prevent AIDS.