Sarah Bond

Philanthropy in ancient times: some early examples from the Mediterranean

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by Sarah Bond

In this new addition to the SOFII history project we look at the early beginnings of charity. We uncover the origin of the word ‘philanthropy’ and how the philosophy of philanthropy permeated the lives of ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans on every level of their daily lives.

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Surprising fundraising insight from Albert Einstein

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by Sarah Bond

Albert Einstein is justly famous for his brilliant work as a theoretical scientist. His theory of general relativity fundamentally transformed science’s understanding of the origins, laws and mysteries of the physical universe. But we at SOFII believe fundraisers can learn a lot from his genius too.

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The Salvation Army’s innovative fundraising from a century ago – and a lesson in how to say thank you properly

by Sarah Bond

With ‘established’ charities like Oxfam celebrating their seventieth birthday next year and Amnesty International celebrating their fiftieth this year, it might surprise you to learn that the Salvation Army has been around since 1865 – nearly 150 years – and has a longer fundraising history than most.

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About the author

Sarah Bond is a former SOFII editorial assistant.