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The History of Philanthropy

A historical perspective can help us to understand the world we are living in today, and give us a better sense of where things could go in the future.

However, when it comes to philanthropy this perspective is often lacking, simply because the history remains surprisingly little-known.

To help overcome this, we have have put together some bite-size guides to key themes in the history of philanthropy. We will keep adding to these as the website grows and develops.

You can also find many articles and podcast episodes looking at aspects of the history of philanthropy in more depth.

Learn from our past to better understand our future.

Philanthropy has a long and varied history. We’ve created bite-size chapters that you can jump in and out of to better understand philanthropy.