Topic: Issues in Philanthropy
An early twentieth-century foundation tried using its endowment to support for-profit projects that also would achieve a social goal.
Prompted by Reagan-era budget cuts, a new program serving low-income single parents receiving public aid failed to meet its constituents’ needs.
Is private wealth an obstacle to democracy? Fifty years ago, Congress thought so.
The Irish Language Debate: Nationalism and Rockefeller Foundation Medical Education Reform in the Irish Free State
Ireland’s independence revived the nationalist campaign for mandatory Irish language. The debate discouraged Rockefeller Foundation funders.
Centering Women’s Rights in the Population Field: The Ford Foundation and Sexual Health in the 1990s
A 1994 meeting moved women’s empowerment front and center for grantmaking in global population.
In the 1930s, an ambitious program to reshape China was cut short by war, but offered a model for community development.
The origins and legacy of a research project conducted in the American concentration camps for Japanese Americans.
Launched in the 1960s, this program provided financial support for more than two decades to strengthen universities in the Global South.
What began as a philanthropic fund to honor its namesake became an early force in the social sciences.