Did You Know?

That charity was different in the ancient world….  See pages 9-10

The Reformation, and particularly the revolutionary ideas of Martin Luther, changed the underlying Western concept and practice of charity we inherited….  See pages 11-13

Henry VIII’s Poor Laws were not intended to help the poor…. See page 13




Queen Elizabeth I transformed charity in a way we’re still living with today….  See page 14



The Puritans put an indelible stamp on what would become the American charitable arena….  See pages 20-23




The adoption of the First Amendment was crucial in the development of our charitable sector….  See page 24


That changes in American religion had a tremendous impact on our charitable sector….  See page 72-73





The tax-exemption for charitable entities is older than you might think…. See pages 74-78




World War I had a tremendous impact on the budding American charitable sector….  See pages 88-95



The Great Depression radically changed the core mission of American charity….  See pages 95-97



World War II brought something the charitable arena had never seen before…or since….  See pages 97-99



That after the War, the voluntary sector was doing something it had never done before…. See pages 100-101




JFK brought three new ideas to charity that we still utilize today….  See pages 103-104




It wasn’t planned, but LBJ sent American charity in a new, and largely unforeseen direction….  See pages 104-107



Perhaps the most important change in the American nonprofit arena has taken place within the last two decades….  See pages 115-124




Even the IRS isn’t sure of what to do about 501(c)(4) organizations, and no one is really sure why they exist….  See pages 133-137



The American nonprofit sector has competition from an unexpected source….  See pages 148-149





The sector’s greatest challenge may come in the form of demographics and technology…. See pages 170-177