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Dates/Quotes in Philanthropy

June 18, 2008


1630       John Winthrop preaches AA Model of Christian Charity to Puritans bound for New England

1638       John Harvard bequeaths library and half of his estate to newly founded school at Cambridge, Mass.

1715       Elihu Yale begins sending gifts to Collegiate School of Connecticut (chartered 1701); school changes name to Yale College.

1729       First orphan home in present boundaries of United States established in Ursaline Convent, New Orleans

1751       Dr. Thomas Bond, assisted by Benjamin Franklin and others, founds Pennsylvania Hospital, the first general hospital in the United States.

1790       Death of Benjamin Franklin; his will established Franklin Funds in Boston and Philadelphia to lend money to "young married artificers of good character."

1817       Thomas Hopkins Galludet establishes in Hartford, Conn., America's first free school for the deaf.

1825       Founding of New York House of Refuge, first reformatory for juveniles.

1846       Large American contributions for Irish famine relief.

1861       U.S. Sanitary Commission, forerunner of American Red Cross, organized.

1881       Booker T. Washington organizes Tuskegee Institute for Negroes in Tuskegee, Ala.

1889       John D. Rockefeller gives $600,000 to help found new University of Chicago.

1910       Boy Scouts of America founded (Campfire Girls, 1910; Girl Scouts, 1912).

1913       American Cancer Society founded.

1919       Death of Andrew Carnegie; contributions total $350 million.

1927       Restoration of Williamsburg, Va., financed by John D. Rockefeller, begins.

1931       President's Organization for Unemployment Relief conducts publicity campaign for local fund appeals.

1937       Congress accepts Andrew Mellon's offer to give art collection and National Gallery building in D.C. to public.

1946       John D. Rockefeller, Jr., gives 17 acres of downtown Manhattan land as site for United Nations headquarters.

1955       Salk vaccine against paralytic polio climaxes 17 years of work by National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

1961       Peace Corps established by the U.S. government, providing volunteers to needy countries.

1966       Jerry Lewis begins annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons, marking the arrival of major media as an effective fundraising technique.

1985       Bob Geldof organizes Live Aid, a music extravaganza which raises $40 million for international hunger relief.

1986       First National Philanthropy Day®

1997       Ted Turner makes one billion dollar gift to the United Nations.

1998       United States Postage Stamp honoring philanthropy is issued.


It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)

Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege. (John D. Rockefeller)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. (Charles Dickens)

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. (Mother Teresa)

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. (Theodore Roosevelt)

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better. (William Shakespeare)

It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. (Albert Einstein)

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. (Benjamin Franklin)

They who give have all the things.  They who withhold have nothing. (Hindu Proverb)

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