- 1643 - The first account of a fundraising drive in America is organized by Harvard University. It raised 500 pounds.
- 1917-Thanks to the Revenue Act of 1917, taxpayers can deduct their charitable contributions off their federal income taxes.
- 1964 -Although giving in the Federal workplace goes as far back as the 1940s, it wasn’t until in 1961 that President John F. Kennedy authorized the creation of a formal fundraising program. Launched in 1964, the first Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) raised $12.9 million.
- 1999 -New legislation requires charities to provide copies of their three most recently filed Forms 990 to anyone who makes a request in-person or in writing.
- April 2008 -With evaluations of over five thousand charities, Charity Navigator is the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.
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