WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will open "Giving in America" Nov. 29, a long-term exhibition that looks at the history of philanthropy's role in shaping the United States, including a recently collected bucket representing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral over social media. Nov. 29 is also #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. The exhibition is part of a larger project, the Smithsonian Philanthropy Initiative, launched in 2015 to explore philanthropy's collaborative power, and it includes a new curatorial position focused on collecting, researching, documenting and exhibiting philanthropic materials. Amanda B. Moniz has been named the museum's David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, and she will begin her position in mid-December. Moniz joins the museum from the National History Center of the American Historical Association. She earned her doctorate in history from the University of Michigan. Her recent book, From Empire to Humanity; The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism, tells the story of a generation of Americans and Britons who remade philanthropy as they adjusted to being foreigners. Moniz is currently working on a biography of Isabella Graham, a devout immigrant widow who helped transform New York City's charitable institutions in the early 1800s. "Philanthropy is not unique to the United States, but Americans' ideals of participation, equality, resourcefulness and shared responsibility have shaped a distinctive form of giving in our nation," said John Gray, director of the museum. "One of the major goals of this exhibition is to inspire future generations to continue to give of their time, talent and resources." The Smithsonian Philanthropy Initiative is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a gift from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group and a member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents. The funding supports programming, including the second annual "The Power of Giving: Philanthropy's Impact on American Life" symposium and activities that invite the museum's audiences to share their #AmericanGiving stories. The support also makes possible the long-term exhibition and the continuing collecting and display of artifacts related to the history of philanthropy and the endowed curatorial position. The exhibition, "Giving in America," showcases four major themes of American philanthropy centered on the questions of "Who Gives?" "Why Do We Give?" "What Do We Give?" and "How Do We Give?" and uses artifacts ranging from an alms box of the 1800s to a bucket used during the 2014-15 "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." This long-term exhibition will be updated annually to explore various themes; "Sustainability and the Environment" is the first topic. The topic also will be explored in-depth during the invitation-only program convening philanthropists, environmentalists, thought leaders and social innovators.