Contributing Citizens: Modern Charitable Fundraising and the Making of the Welfare State, 1920-66 by Shirley TillotsonContributing Citizens: Modern Charitable Fundraising and the Making of the Welfare State, 1920-66 by Shirley Tillotson

Contributing Citizens: Modern Charitable Fundraising and the Making of the Welfare State, 1920-66

byShirley Tillotson

Paperback | January 1, 2009

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Contributing Citizens tells the social, cultural, andpolitical history of Community Chests, the forerunners of today’sUnited Way, to provide a unique perspective on the evolution ofprofessional fundraising, private charity, and the development of thewelfare state. Blending a national perspective with rich case studiesof Halifax, Ottawa, and Vancouver, Shirley Tillotson shows thatfundraising work in the mid-twentieth century involved organizing andpromoting social responsibility in new ways, sometimes coercively. Inthe 1940s and 1950s, fundraisers adopted the language of welfare statereform and helped to establish both the notion of universalcontribution and the foundation of community organization from whichmajor social policies grew. Peopled by a host of forceful characters,this is a lively account of how raising money raised the level ofCanadian democracy.
Shirley Tillotson is Chair of the Department of History at Dalhousie University.
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Title:Contributing Citizens: Modern Charitable Fundraising and the Making of the Welfare State, 1920-66Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.85 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Public and Private in Welfare History

1 The Citizenship of Contribution: Taxation in the 1920s
2 The Technologies of Contribution: Taxation and ModernFundraising Methods
3 Social Advertising and Social Conflict: The Community ChestMethod in Vancouver, 1930-35
4 Race, Charity, and Democracy: Organizing Inclusion, 1927-52
5 How Charity Survived the Birth of the Welfare State
6 Reconstructing Charity: The Postwar Politics of Public andPrivate, 1945-66
7 Justice, Inclusion, and the Emotions of Obligation in 1950sCharity

Conclusion: Similarities, Differences, and Historical Change

Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Tillotson takes what is often seen by historians as a ‘conservative’ force in Canadian history—- charitable fundraising—- and creates a nuanced and sympathetic account of its origins, failures, and successes. By incorporating the local histories of Halifax, Ottawa, and Vancouver, she allows us to see how large—scale political change played out in local contexts. Contributing Citizens is a clear, thoughtful, and well—researched contribution to the field of Canadian history. - Lara Campbell, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University