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 and Racial Justice
Applying a vast fortune to the American race problem, but with decades of false assumptions and well-intended approaches that fell short.
How the largest US foundation began supporting market-based projects in the late 1960s.
How a charismatic community activist from Watts challenged a foundation’s civil rights strategy.
In 1968, the Ford Foundation began to make social investments using a new tool borrowed from the for-profit world, the Program-Related Investment.
Stories of Field Building
Funding on levels large and small helped this new area of scientific research grow and evolve.
Research reports drawing on several Rockefeller Archive Center collections span continents, disciplines, and eras.