Profile and Publications
D. McCarthy, the Center’s
founding Director, received her Ph.D. in
history from the University of Chicago and
joined the history faculty of The Graduate
Center of The City University of New York
She is the author of American Creed:
Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society,
1700-1865 (University of Chicago Press,
2003, 2005); Women’s Culture: American
Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930 (winner,
ARNOVA Distinguished Book Award) as well
as many other books, edited volumes and
articles on local, national, and international
philanthropy, and has lectured on these
Dr. McCarthy has served as Visiting Research
Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation; a consultant to The Ford Foundation and
the National Endowment for the Humanities;
Assistant Secretary of the Metropolitan
Life Foundation; President of the Association
for Research on Nonprofit Organizations
and Voluntary Action; and a member of the
board of Independent Sector, and the advisory
boards of the National Center on Nonprofit
Law at New York University and the Rockefeller
Archive Center. She is currently Treasurer
of the International Society for Third-Sector
Research and a member of the Editorial Board
of VOLUNTAS. She was also a member of the
informal planning group of, and delegate
to, the first White House Conference on
Philanthropy in 1999. She currently sits
on the Board and the Executive Committee
of INDEPENDENT SECTOR and the International
Society for Third Sector Research.
American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise
of Civil Society, 1700-1865 (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 2003; paperback
- Women's Culture:
American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991).
Winner of the Distinguished Book Award of
the Association for Research on Nonprofit
Organizations and Voluntary Action, 1994.
Oblige: Charity and Cultural Philanthropy
in Chicago, 1849-1929 (Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1982).
. Edited Volumes
Women, Philanthropy and Civil Society (Bloomington: Indiana University Press,
"Women and Philanthropy," Special
issue of Voluntas [Journal of the
International Society for Third Sector Research]
7:4 (December, 1996).
The Nonprofit Sector in the Global
Community: Voices from Many Nations (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers,
Lady Bountiful Revisited: Women,
Power and Philanthropy (New Brunswick:
Rutgers University Press, 1990).
"Philanthropy in the Reagan Years," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 18:3 (Fall, 1989).
. Selected Articles
“Weibliche Philantropie und Offenlichkeit
als tranatlantisches Phänomen 1790-1860,”
in Thomas Adam, Simone Lässig and Gabriele
Lingelbach, eds. Stifter, Spender und
Mäzene: USA un Deutschland im historischen
Vergleich (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner
Philanthropy and Civil Society,” Stanford
Conversations in Philanthropy (Stanford:
Stanford University, 2007): 89-96.
Donor,” Democracy, 4 (Spring
and Political Culture,” in Lawrence Friedman
and Mark McGarvie, eds. Charity, Philanthropy
and Civility in American History (New
York: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
and Philanthropy,” in Patrice Flynn and
Virginia A. Hodgkinson, eds., Measuring
the Impact of the Nonprofit Sector (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers,
Development of Nonprofit and Philanthropic
Studies in the United States,” edited volume
on nonprofits and nonprofit studies, Wang
Lin, ed. (Beijing: Tshinghua University,
"Women and Political Culture,"
in Lawrence J. Friedman and Mark D. McGarvie, Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in
American History (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2001): 179-198.
Philanthropy and Political Culture,"
in Robert K. Fullinwider, Civil Society,
Democracy and Civic Renewal (New York:
Rowman and Littlefield, 1999): 297-316.
"The History of Philanthropy and Nonprofits" Third Sector Review (Australia) 4:2
"Philanthropy," in Wilma Mankiller,
Gloria Steinem, et al., eds. The Readers
Companion to Womens History (New
York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998): 443-5.
"Women, Politics, and Philanthropy: Some
Historical Origins of the Welfare State,"
in John P. Diggins, ed., The Ordeal of
American Liberalism (Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1997): 142-163.
"Patronage of the Arts," Stanely I. Kutler,
Robert Dalleck, David A. Hollinger and Thomas
McCraw, eds., Encyclopedia of the United
States in the Twentieth Century (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996):
VI-1725-1742. Reprinted as
"Twentieth Century Cultural Patronage,"
in Andrew Patner, ed., Alternative Futures:
Challenging Designs for Arts Philanthropy (Washington: Grantmakers in the Arts, 1994):
"From Government to Grassroots Reform:
The Ford Foundation's Population Programs
in South Asia, 1959-1981," Voluntas 6:3 (December, 1995): 292-316. Reprinted in Soma Hewa, ed., Philanthropy and Cultural
Context: Western Philanthropy in Southern,
Eastern and Southeast Asia in the Twentieth
Century (University Press of America,
"The History of Women in the Nonprofit
Sector: Changing Interpretations," in Teresa
Odendahl and Michael O'Neill, eds., Women
and Power in the Nonprofit Sector (San
Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994), 17-38.
"International Research on Philanthropy
and the Voluntary Sector," in Ky-Hyun Jung,
ed., Evolving Patterns of Asia-Pacific
Philanthropy (Seoul: Institute
of East and West Studies, Yonsei University,
"International Issues in the Voluntary
Sphere," (Belfast: University of Ulster,
"The Power of Women's Networks," Reviews
in American History 21:4 (December,
"Parallel Power Structures: Women
and the Voluntary Sphere," in McCarthy,
ed., Lady Bountiful Revisited: Women,
Philanthropy and Power (New Brunswick,
N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990); reprinted in David Hammack, ed., Making The Nonprofit
Sector in the United States (Bloomington:
Indiana University Press, 1998): 248-64.
"From Cold War to Cultural Development:
The International Cultural Activities of
the Ford Foundation, 1950-1980," Daedalus 116 (Winter, 1987), 93-117; Reprinted in Communita (Milan, 1989).
"The Short and Simple Annals of the Poor:
Foundation Funding for the Humanities, 1900-1980," Proceedings of the American Philosophical
Society 129 (1985) 3-8.
Cultural Philanthropy, Past, Present and
Future" Annals of the American Academy
of Political and Social Science 471
(January, 1984): 13-26.
"Nickel Vice and Virtue: Movie Censorship
in Chicago, 1907-1915," Journal of Popular
Film 5 (1976), 37-55. Winner of
the Gish Award for Film Criticism, 1977.
book reviews and articles in Encyclopedia
Americana ("Philanthropy"), American
Historical Review, Journal of American
History, Journal of Social History, Alliance, Voluntas, Nonprofit
and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Journal of Southern History.