ON-Lion Letter

Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking.  Every year now, more than $350 billion is handed out by individuals, foundations, and businesses to a variety of good causes.  Rates of giving are two to five times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations.  Privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society are among the most-significant American undertakings, and have been for hundreds of years.

There is, however, no definitive information source that places U.S. philanthropy in an appropriate context.  The Almanac of American Philanthropy, an authoritative, highly readable new reference work from the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., will fix that.  In a forthcoming single printed volume and an easily accessible online companion currently under construction, the Roundtable will chronicle the greatest achievements of American philanthropy, profile the most-influential donors, and summarize the best ideas that have been thought, spoken, and written about charitable giving in our country.

The Almanac will conveniently encapsulate the history, purposes, effects, and modern direction of private giving.  It will lend missing perspective, and serve as a handy encyclopedic reference.  People serious about donating money to good causes will consult it again and again as they refine their giving.  And general readers attracted to fascinating history, quirky Americana, and lively biographies will enjoy the brisk narrative of this meaty new work.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Philanthropy Roundtable.

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