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Center for Effective Philanthropy Papers

Scope and Contents

The Center for Effective Philanthropy Papers (1979-1988) document the activities of CEP from 1980 to 1988 and include internal correspondence, and correspondence with foundations, trustees and associates, as well as annual financial statements, meeting agendas, notes, and minutes, reports and published papers.


  • 1979 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is available for research. Access to these materials is governed by the rules and regulations of the Gutman Library’s Special Collections Department.


3 linear feet (2 archival record storage boxes)

Biographical / Historical

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (1980-1998) was a Massachusetts trust dedicated to conducting research and educational programs in the field of philanthropy and to providing direct assistance to donor organizations in enhancing their philanthropic programs. Papers ranging from the period 1979-1988 were given to Gutman Special Collections by Martin S. Klein, Secretary-Treasurer of CEP, 1982-1998, in February 2003. Prominent members and Harvard-associated members of CEP included Marty Klein, Harold (Doc) Howe II, Merrimon Cuninggim and F. Champion (Champ) Ward.


Although the Center for Effective Philanthropy Papers were accessioned at 5 linear feet, the collection was reduced to 3 linear feet in processing. The reduction occurred through the removal of bulky metal hanging files, and discards of items such as multiple copies of reports or letters, published non-unique foundation brochures, as well as of numerous routine bank statements, checks, checkbooks, and invoices. File labels were generally retained except in cases of redundancy when some files were incorporated. The collection is arranged in two series: Series I. Correspondence and Foundations, and Series II. CEP Files – A-Z. The only items out of the date span are 1993 bank statements which may be determined to be discarded. The fact that papers from 1993 appeared in the donation, suggests there may be more papers to be acquired.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Kilgore, September 2003. Transcribed to HOLLIS for Archival Discovery by Lindsay Skay Whitacre, June, 2020.
Link to catalog
The Center for Effective Philanthropy Papers (1980-1988)
Finding Aid
Monroe C. Gutman Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Repository Details

Part of the Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University Repository

Monroe C. Gutman Library
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Cambridge MA 02138 United States