Topic: History of Philanthropy

Profiles of Women in Philanthropy

In honor of Women’s History Month, we highlight thirteen individuals from our collections to show the range of contributions women have made in the field of philanthropy and in the world at large.

Timeline: A Century of American Philanthropy’s Engagement with Race and Racism

Delving into a century of philanthropic engagement with race, from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights era.

Photo of Hillcrest, the home of the Rockefeller Archive Center

New Research: China, Government Efficiency, Public Health, and Cultural Diplomacy

Research reports drawing on several Rockefeller Archive Center collections span continents, disciplines, and eras.

Photo of Hillcrest, the home of the Rockefeller Archive Center

New Research: A Monthly Spotlight on Scholarship Drawn from the Rockefeller Archive Center Collections

Research reports from a variety of disciplines examine the history of philanthropic impact across the globe.

The Fairy Godmothers of Women’s Studies

Moving scholarship by and about women from margin to center.

How Philanthropy Helped History Go Public

What began as an attempt to find more job opportunities for historians went further and launched a new field.

From Populist Crusade to Comprehensive Regulation: the Tax Reform Act of 1969

Is private wealth an obstacle to democracy? Fifty years ago, Congress thought so.

“Investment Philanthropy” Investing for Social Good, a Century Ago

An early twentieth-century foundation tried using its endowment to support for-profit projects that also would achieve a social goal.