Learning from the past to create the present

Rachel Wimpee

Two stories of philanthropy in the 1940s and 1950s show how the effects of funding can reverberate down the years.

Two women studying at the Business School of Texas Southern University in 1966. Credit: Marc St. Gil

In writing for our online storytelling platform, RE:source, I use the archival records of foundations and not-for-profit organisations to bring to light stories that relate to current concerns. In the case of gender and economic inequality – major societal challenges that philanthropy is currently trying to mitigate – two seemingly disparate stories come to mind.

The first is the story about a relatively small philanthropic investment in Alfred Kinsey’s sexuality research in the 1940s and 1950s.

 
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