The Year in Review

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Yes, I write a lot about donor-advised funds. That’s because their surge in popularity is the biggest story in philanthropy – and, to my mind, a growing threat to an…
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Violent Opposition, For Now

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[Note: This was cross-posted October 1, 2014 by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.] Arthur Schopenhauer said, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is…
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Some Nerve

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It turns out that my last post, “Deluge,” really hit a nerve. I received triple my usual number of blog hits, four times the usual number of on-line comments, and…
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A Trail Goes Cold

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So these two guys walk into a bar. Actually, I was one of them. It was the end of a conference in Minneapolis last fall, and I had to kill…
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Donor-Advised Fund Reform?

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A November 21, 2011 op-ed in the New York Times by Boston College law professor Ray D. Madoff raises some good points. We all know that donors receive federal tax deductions…
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