Why Should We Bother Debating the Business of Giving?

A Partnership Piece from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy Photo Credit: Andre da Loba from the New York Times On its surface, the nature of philanthropic giving hardly seems to demand the need for public concern. With ISIS causing terror from afar and anti-vaccination parents sowing the seeds of discord from within, surely the idea of debating the subject of tax-deductible contributions to charitable organizations sounds trivial. But when there are over 1.45 million tax exempt organizations in the U.S. that together accounted for 5.3% of the total GDP in 2014, and when more than...

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