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paper (overall material)
overall: 23.9 cm x 16.5 cm x 5 cm; 9 13/32 in x 6 1/2 in x 1 31/32 in
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This book is a copy of the first printed edition of “The Foundation Directory,” published by the Foundation Center Library in 1960. The Foundation Center Library (later known as the Foundation Center and starting in 2019, after a merger with Guidestar, as Candid) was established in 1956 by foundation leaders to bring greater transparency to foundations’ work in the wake of Congressional scrutiny of foundation philanthropy in the early 1950s. The book provides detailed information about grant-making foundations, and the volumes, published annually, became vital to the work of professional fundraisers.
Maggie Webster, Associate Director for External Affairs at NMAH, recalled: “When I worked at a college in P[ennsylvania] we purchased the Foundation Directory every time a new version was published. Back then, it was a $300 purchase and a sizeable catalogue. When we received the updated copy, I always offered the previous year’s book to the Development Office of a local, private secondary school who did not have the budget to purchase it and the school was always so grateful to have it. Back then, before every organization had a website, the Foundation Directory was “the bible” for anyone doing professional fundraising.“
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Gift of Foundation Center
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Work and Industry: Philanthropy
Giving in America
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History