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A Brief History Of Charitable Giving
Ancient Hebrews use a mandatory tax, or 'tithe,' to benefit the poor.
The word 'philanthrophy' "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus. Phil=Love Anthro=Man
Plato's Academy, a group working for the public good on a voluntary basis, is established.
The first Roman emperor, Augustus, gives public aid to an estimated 200,000 people.
Moses Maimonides authors "Mishneh Torah," which includes the Eight Levels of Charity.
The Charitable Uses Act of 1601 is enacted by Parliament. It identifies what purposes can be defined as charitable.
The first American fundraising drive is organized by Harvard University. It raises 500 pounds.
The Sisters of Charity provide social assistance to the needy in Latin America.
Alexis de Tocqueville publishes "Democracy in America," which highlights the philanthropic spirit of American as one of the country's strenghts.
Congress passes the REvenue Act of 1913. It exempts charitable organizations from paying taxes.
World's first community foundation is established in Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Foundation.
The first donor-advised fund is established by a community foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Corporations are now allowed to deduct charitable contributions.
The Giving Pledge invites the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.