The mission of the American Charity Museum, a non-profit organization of The International Charity Foundation, Inc. (Charity Army) is to inspire a history and destiny of American Charity. More recently over the last 50 years or so, donations to charitable organizations have increased consistently year-over-year, far outpacing the rate of inflation. Today, charitable giving is a core value of American Western culture with over 97% of U.S. households donating to charity in 2018! America’s Charitable History, Here are a few highlights: 1643 – The first account of a fundraising drive in America is organized by Harvard University. It raised 500 pounds.