John Winthrop preaches AA Model of Christian Charity"
to Puritans bound for New England
John Harvard bequeaths library and half of his estate to newly
founded school at Cambridge, Mass.
Elihu Yale sends gifts to Collegiate School of Connecticut
(chartered 1701); school changes name to Yale College.
First orphan home in present boundaries of United States established
in Ursaline Convent, New Orleans
Dr. Thomas Bond, assisted by Benjamin Franklin and others,
founds Pennsylvania Hospital, the first general hospital in
the United States.
Death of Benjamin Franklin; his will established Franklin
Funds in Boston and Philadelphia to lend money to Ayoung married
artificers of good character."
Thomas Hopkins Galludet establishes in Hartford, Conn., America's
first free school for the deaf.
Founding of New York House of Refuge, first reformatory for
Large American contributions for Irish famine relief.1861
U.S. Sanitary Commission, forerunner of American Red Cross,
Booker T. Washington organizes Tuskegee Institute for Negroes
in Tuskegee, Ala.
John D. Rockefeller gives $600,000 to help found new University
Boy Scouts of America founded (Campfire Girls, 1910; Girl
American Cancer Society founded.
Death of Andrew Carnegie; contributions total $350 million.1927
Restoration of Williamsburg, Va., financed by John D. Rockefeller,
President's Organization for Unemployment Relief conducts
publicity campaign for local fund appeals.
Congress accepts Andrew Mellon's offer to give art collection
and National Gallery building in D.C. to public.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., gives 17 acres of downtown Manhattan
land as site for Untied Nations headquarters.
Salk vaccine against paralytic polio climaxes 17 years of
work by National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
Peace Corps established by the U.S. government, providing
volunteers to needy countries.
Jerry Lewis begins annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons,
marking the arrival of major media as an effective fundraising
Bob Geldof organizes Live Aid, a music extravaganza which
raises $40 million for international hunger relief.
First National Philanthropy Day
Ted Turner makes one billion dollar gift to the United Nations.
United States Postage Stamp honoring philanthropy is issued.
Relief efforts for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks become the single largest charitable giving campaign in history, raising $2.3 billion in one year.
Total giving in the United States reached $295 billion, with three-quarters of that total coming from individuals.