The North East Philanthropy Story
Our rich philanthropic heritage is woven into the very fabric of North East society. Learn here how acts of generosity in the past continue to deliver for us today. Read more about understanding philanthropy and it's history here.
To date the following North East philanthropists have been profiled.
Middle Ages (1100 - 1500)
Philanthropists build and endow churches, monasteries, schools, housing, roads and bridges, and provide relief for the poor, sick and aged.
Early Modern (1501 - 1750)
Philanthropists continue to support older causes but increasingly favour secular concerns, especially education and amenities within towns and cities.
Modern (1751 - 1950)
Philanthropy expands dramatically as subscription to good causes like hospitals, schools, universities and cultural institutions becomes normal among well-off people.
Contemporary (1951 - present)
Philanthropy re-invented as government assumes responsibility for health, welfare and education to focus on communities, culture, research and social problems.
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