An Exceptional Nation: American Philanthropy is Different Because America is Different

Publication Date: November 2004

Publisher: Philanthropy Roundtable

Author(s): Gary A. Tobin; Aryeh K. Weinberg; Alexander C. Karp

Research Area: Banking and finance

Keywords: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Church and State; Religion

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The authors assert that philanthropy in America is unique and exceptionally generous as a result of factors particular to American society. These factors include an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of responsibility to give back, and an appreciation for the limits of government.

In Philanthropy Magazine (November 2004).