Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia

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Developed under the guidance of Dr. Dwight Burlingame of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, one of the nation's premier institutes for the study of philanthropy, the three-volume Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia is the definitive work on philanthropic, charitable, and nonprofit endeavors in the United States. The first section of the encyclopedia contains over 200 A–Z entries covering the lives of important philanthropists, the missions and practices of key institutions and organizations, and the impact of seminal events throughout the history of the nonprofit sector in America, from precolonial times to the present.

Discussions of philanthropic traditions in ancient civilizations, in Europe during colonial times, and in countries around the world today provide fascinating contexts for understanding how the American philanthropic experience has developed. The encyclopedia also includes a collection of primary source documents (legislation, foundation reports, mission statements, etc.) for convenient review and further research.

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"This book is an important addition to the growing field of philanthropic studies and fills a gap in the area. . .recommended for academic and large public library collections."



"This encyclopedia meets its stated purpose by providing a comprehensive overview of this emerging area of study. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through professionals; important for institutions offering specializations in philanthropy or social work. . ."



"This is a worthwhile addition to most reference collections since it is potentially useful for a wide range of disciplines, including history, social work, philanthropic studies, and sociology."


American Reference Books Annual

"Woven into the fabric of U.S. history, philanthropy has been an integral part of American life. This encyclopedia, the first comprehensive treatment of the topic, examines America's remarkable history of charitable action from the early 1600s to the present. The encyclopedia includes over 200 entries for individuals, organizations, events, theories, and legislation, with reference to the works for further study."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078600
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2004
  • Pages: 886
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 3.36 (d)

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