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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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.”
The Korean Dictionary Comes to Life Against Tough Odds
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.
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.