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Beth Breeze

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325000

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325000.001.0001

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A history of fundraising in the UK

A history of fundraising in the UK

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(p.25) One A history of fundraising in the UK
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The New Fundraisers
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Beth Breeze

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325000.003.0002

Chapter 1 reviews the historical roots and development of fundraising in the UK, highlighting important milestones and key issues that have emerged over time and that remain contentious today. Noting that asking is as old as giving, the standard origin myth of fundraising - which states that fundraising began in the US in the late 19th/early 20th century - is rejected as a-historical, overly-reliant on a ‘Great men’ explanation, and relevant only for explaining how for-profit consultancy came into being in specific countries. An alternative approach to charting the history of fundraising, focused on purpose and impact rather than people and processes, is illustrated with ten examples of the outcomes of fundraising over the centuries.

Keywords:   Fundraisers, fundraising, history, cathedrals, universities, schools, hospitals, Thomas Coram, Enlightenment, public sphere

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