Edited by David Cannadine and Jill Pellew. Published 2008. ISBN: 9781905165322
The role of the Institute of Historical Research is to promote a historical context for activities that are key to the functioning of modern society. An understanding of the past is an essential aspect of a cultured and civilized society. The focus of the Institute for Philanthropy is the encouragement of private giving by those with the capacity to make a significant difference to the world in which they live. Individual contribution of money, time and personal involvement, in order to improve core areas of social need, has been a leitmotiv of our civilization. This critical aspect of civil society is currently in the spotlight, partly because of a recent surge in the accumulation of wealth and partly because democratic governments are facing enormous challenges from new directions that are going to have to be solved partly through philanthropic input.Taking education, and linked cultural activity, as our focus, a group of expert speakers will highlight themes that have been relevant to philanthropic activity throughout history.
Read the IHR panel discussion on History and Philanthropy.