Philanthropy Roundtable just published our "Major Achievements in Art Philanthropy" guide. The first entry in Philanthropy Roundtable’s Almanac of American Philanthropy is an encyclopedia-style look at the major achievements in American arts-and-culture philanthropy. I was engaged to write the section, as well as two forthcoming sections (on local philanthropy and nature philanthropy). The big picture was to provide a look at effective giving through American history, a look that would give today’s philanthropists insight into how to give their own money wisely.
A decision was ultimately made not to include introductory notes with each section; I had submitted some with mine but not all the authors had. I thought I would share them here and give readers a big-picture look at the trends I saw during my research.