American Philanthropy: Past, Present, and Future


Program Description:

Philanthropy is critically important to societal well-being in the United States of America given this nation’s reliance on individual initiative and private means to social welfare. Following the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Society programs of Lyndon Johnson, the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush have actively encouraged increases in volunteerism and charitable giving to address unmet social welfare needs. Today, the leading U.S. business philanthropists in the new global economy are men such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Ted Turner. This presentation takes a look back at the history of charitable giving and volunteering in the U.S., while looking ahead to the new trends and creative ideas in American philanthropy.


Jerry Marx

Jerry Marx, Ph.D., Boston College is an associate professor and chair of the department of social work at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include minority philanthropy in the U.S. He has written the textbook Social Welfare: The American Partnership and has published several articles in national journals on American charitable giving and volunteerism. He is recipient of the School of Health & Humans Services Teaching Excellence Award, 2003; School of Health & Human Services Outstanding New Research Investigator Award, 1999; Doctoral Fellowship from The Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University, 1993; Doctoral Research Grant from The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC, 1993.

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