The first comprehensive encyclopedia on philanthropy has
been published with Dwight Burlingame, philanthropic studies,
as its editor. Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive
Historical Encyclopedia is designed to be a readable resource
and reference for the general public and students as well
as philanthropy professionals and scholars. The publication
is intended as an accessible tool for anyone involved in or
seeking to understand philanthropy. Two of the three volumes
comprise articles by nearly 200 scholars and leaders in philanthropy,
including biographies of notable philanthropists and social
movement leaders. It provides histories of organizations and
explanations of philanthropic ideas alongside contemporary
concepts and practices ranging from social marketing and service
learning to planned giving and women’s impact on philanthropy.
The set also incorporates many documents critical to the formation of the philanthropic sector and civil society in the U.S. Documents such as the Civil Rights Act, The Federalist Papers, the Filer Commission Report of 1975 and excerpts from The Gospel of Wealth, by Andrew Carnegie, are included, along with legislation and judicial decisions affecting the sector. A timeline of events in philanthropy stretches from 1600 to the present.
Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia is published in print and electronic formats by ABC-CLIO. It is available for purchase through the IU Center on Philanthropy Web site.