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Self-Interest or Public Interest: What Matters to Charities?

One is the administration’s proposal to abolish the estate tax, which, according to Independent Sector, the Council on Foundations, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and others would have a chilling effect on bequests to charities.… Read More

Keep the Estate Tax

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has conceded the obvious: Repealing the estate tax will disproportionately help rich people. Less obvious, but equally important, is whom repeal will harm: the many millions of Americans who benefit from charitable… Read More

Is philanthropy getting less innovative?

Society needs a system of experimentation to develop new ways to solve its thorniest problems, and philanthropy, operating without government's constraints, has traditionally provided that system, said Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee… Read More

Estate Tax Repeal Would Be Devastating for Philanthropy in America

I have some important questions for United States Senators who, along with President Donald Trump, are intent on repealing the estate tax. Let me be clear: Repeal will hurt millions of people across the country in… Read More

Keeping Up: Philanthropy In an Era of Sweeping Social Movements

“This provides us a moment to really understand the privilege of our grantmaking process, and design it in a way that allows us to live out our mission and walk our talk,” says Tyler Nickerson of… Read More

Will rich bequeath to charities if estate tax ends?

University of Maryland, College Park’s announcement that the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has donated $219 million, the largest gift in the university’s history, is cause for joy and appreciation for their generosity (“University… Read More


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