Philanthropy

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    Charitable giving unaffected by tax reform

    Despite dire predictions of steep drops in charitable giving because of federal tax reform, the left-of-center Inside Philanthropy found giving flat or higher in an informal survey of United Ways and other nonprofits. Fewer people may take a tax deduction for their contributions to churches and charitable causes, but…
    Joseph Coletti, January 17, 2019
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    Charity is the latest victim of our partisan culture

    Charitable giving is lower in places with competitive politics and giving declines among people when their party is in the minority, NC State professor Richard Clerkin and his co-authors found in a recent paper. Another interesting aspect of the study is its presumption that taxes complement charitable giving,…
    Joseph Coletti, December 3, 2018
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    Why charitable contributions are tax deductible

    One of the currently fashionable complaints about charitable and philanthropic giving of even left-leaning billionaires like Jeff Bezos is that the money does nothing to help the poor or reduce income inequality. James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley in an essay at Commentary  argue that charitable giving receives a tax…
    Joseph Coletti, November 30, 2018
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    People give to charities for more than tax deductions

    Nonprofit organizations, like retailers, earn a significant portion of their revenue for a year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This was the case even before Giving Tuesday. What better time to consider why people give in the first place? Giving USA estimates that tax reform’s change in the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 16, 2018
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    The impact of free and charitable clinics

    Uninsured individuals with limited access to primary care are at greater risk of being hospitalized for ACS conditions, incurring potentially unnecessary costs for hospitals and healthcare systems. However, few large-scale, multi-year studies have focused on how free clinics affect hospitalizations for ACS conditions for uninsured adults. This study…
    Jordan Roberts, November 12, 2018
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    The value of giving time and money

    As younger generations join family giving decisions, there is a greater emphasis on giving locally and on giving time. While people in business, governments, nonprofits and foundations continue to seek investments that scale, there is also a reemerging acceptance that some of the most significant investments we make (in…
    Joseph Coletti, October 23, 2018
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    Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018
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    “The difference between those working for a cause and those making a cause work for them.”

    That’s the topic of a recent Quillette piece in which Clay Routledge takes a critical look at the social justice movement. Here are some excerpts [with my favorite passages emphasized in bold]: Other writers have argued that the secular left has turned social-justice ideology into their religion.
    Jon Guze, September 15, 2018