Several weeks ago, Social Velocity’s Nell Edgington sent us a series of questions asking us to compare and contrast past and present American philanthropy. She has now posted our responses on Social Velocity’s blog. Please visit her site and check out this latest post: “Learning from Philanthropy’s Past: An Interview with the HistPhil Blog.” In this Q&A, Stan discusses two general topics: what is really new in philanthropy and the relationship between large foundations and missionary work abroad. Benjamin reflects on why philanthropic giving has not grown above 2% of US GDP, while I consider the parallels between the gilded age and today and whether we are heading toward a more progressive period.
-Maribel Morey, co-editor of HistPhil