The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy

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The Lone Star State has produced not only revolutionary heroes and cowboy legends, but also larger-than-life promoters of philanthropic activity. The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, the first systematic study of the origins of foundation philanthropy in early twentieth-century Texas, chronicles the fortunes, motivations, and benefactions of affluent Texans who pioneered organized giving for the public good. In the three decades following the creation of the George W. Brackenridge Foundation in 1920, donors established approximately 180 private, philanthropic institutions. These charitable-minded organizations funded medical research, established educational scholarships, and supported community projects. In addition to the Brackenridge Foundation, this book features George B. Dealey and the Dallas Foundation, Jesse Jones and the Houston Endowment, "Miss Ima" and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, and the Conference of Southwest Foundations, which united the many foundations in the region. The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy balances personal and family stories with the missions and financial operations of the foundations they established. The result is a detailed look at some of the leaders of Texas history and the ways in which their largesse has continued to influence the history of the Lone Star more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 13 b/w photgraphs, bibliography, index
  • 1585443271
  • 9781585443277

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"Scholar Mary Kelley has done a brilliant job of producing a volume that is a keeper for history lovers as well as the philanthropic community."show more

About Mary L. Kelley

Mary L. Kelley, a Fulbright Scholar and assistant professor of history at Lamar University, lives in Beaumont, Texas. This is her first more