International understanding, peace and well-being have been a concern of US philanthropy from the beginning. Through avenues such as track II diplomacy, support for think tanks and multi-lateral organizations, and international exchanges, philanthropic institutions and individuals have made inroads in international relations in ways that governments often cannot.
Rebuilding a Cathedral: The Media, American Money, and French Heritage
Stepping in to save French monuments without stepping on French pride.
Cover Your Mouth: Controlling an Epidemic Through Hygiene
Century-old tips to prevent infection still make sense today.
In Brief: The 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference
The global conversation about women’s issues takes a big step forward.
The Rockefeller and Ford Foundations Navigate Civil War in Nigeria
What happened to a massive agricultural development program when war broke out?
Philanthropy’s Fight Against Tuberculosis in World War I France
What does it take to control the outbreak of a deadly disease?
Ping-Pong Diplomacy: NGOs and International Relations
When a friendly interaction unexpectedly emerged between American and Chinese table tennis players, one nonprofit seized the opportunity to support broader cultural diplomacy.
Timeline: Philanthropy and World War I
The onset of World War I created new demands on American foundations and donors.
In Brief: The West Africa Museums Programme
The staying power of a massive preservation project thanks to a focus on museum staff and museums’ communities.
Photo Essay: Mexico and the Launch of the Green Revolution
One foundation’s program in Mexico created the blueprint for ending hunger worldwide.
In Brief: The South African Institute of Race Relations
How did a US foundation manage to work under apartheid?