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History and Philosophy of Philanthropy in the United States

Gain an understanding of America’s tradition of philanthropy and its relevance for today’s fundraisers. Examine the history of philanthropy in the United States, tracing its origins in cultural history and economic development. Attention is given to changes that emerged as new groups accumulated wealth and their priorities were influenced not only by their own cultural background but also by evolving social and political issues. The course also explores the various ways that organizations changed fundraising strategies to attract new generations of donors.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how history informs best practices for today’s fundraisers
  • Familiarity with the historical context for important issues currently facing the field
  • An appreciation and an understanding of the different approaches to philanthropy taken by various ethnic groups

Ideal for

  • Individuals starting out in the field of fundraising and/or philanthropy
  • Mid- to senior-level practitioners who are interested in the historical context of their field
  • Individuals who are interested in the history of American civil society
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.