The Almanac of American Philanthropy

Karl Zinsmeister

Published by Philanthropy Roundtable, 2016
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Synopsis: Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking. Every year, individuals, foundations, and businesses voluntarily give more than $373 billion to a breadth of good causes. In fact, donation rates in the U.S. are two to 20 times higher than in comparable nations. Some of the most significant ventures in our nation comes from privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society.

Until now, though, there has been no definitive book on America's distinctive philanthropy. This authoritative, highly readable new reference fills that hole. In a single volume, it chronicles the greatest achievements of American private giving, profiles the most influential donors, collects the essential statistics on philanthropy, and summarizes the best ideas on charitable assistance that have been written or spoken. Readers attracted to fascinating history and quirky biographies will enjoy the lively narrative of this meaty new book.

Review: Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby
The Almanac of American Philanthropy is something new under the sun: a sweeping reference guide to one of the most remarkable institutions of American life private charity.Published by the Philanthropy Roundtable, it is the first definitive work on the history, variety, and impact of private giving in the United States. And as Karl Zinsmeister writes in the Almanac's lively and enlightening introduction, Philanthropy is a huge part of what makes America, America. ... The book ranges across four centuries of charitable accomplishments, documenting the fantastic profusion of philanthropic achievements that have advanced human health, alleviated poverty, promoted the arts, protected nature, deepened learning, supported religious communities, and fed the hungry at home and abroad. The charitable causes to which Americans have rallied and donated spans a mind-boggling spectrum from abolishing slavery to combating smoking, from ministering to prisoners to encouraging transatlantic flight, from creating the Red Cross to caring for aged sailors, from protecting endangered species to building orchestras. --Boston Globe

City Journal, Guy Sorman
Uniquely among the world's democracies, the United States is based not on two pillars politics and the market but on three. The third pillar, philanthropy, the volunteering of time and money, makes America more creative, more innovative, and even more democratic than any other nation. The Almanac of American Philanthropy , a handsome hardback just published by The Philanthropy Roundtable... is a long-overdue compendium of the history and major achievements of the American philanthropic tradition. Filled with vital statistics and information on major donors and influential works, it is an essential encyclopedia that anyone interested in philanthropy will want to keep his personal library. To summarize an encyclopedia in a review is impossible, but I shall underscore, as revealed in this book, two fundamental benefits that philanthropy provides for America and its citizenry. --City Journal

DonorsTrust
The Almanac runs just over 1,300 gold-leaf pages that are filled with the stories of the charitable forces that have shaped America. No other book chronicles the extent to which private philanthropic action has changed the face of the country for the better. More than great stories, Zinsmeister makes a compelling case in the opening pages of his book for the value of private philanthropy and the critical role it plays in society. --DonorsTrust

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This comprehensive, current, accurate, and well-organized reference on private giving in the U.S. contains sections on our greatest givers, past and present, and major achievements... from 1636 to 2015. An extensive introduction objectively analyzes the cultural importance of philanthropy to our nation's success. There is also a very helpful list of essential books and articles, a timeline of important philanthropic events, clear graphics, and a detailed 112-page index. The volume's very reasonable cost (for 1,300+ pages) enhances the reference value.... Recommended for most public, academic, and specialty libraries. --Booklist

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Publication Date: 2016
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