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Anti-donor griping

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At, I have a piece responding to gripes from the Left that donor-advised funds actually let donors direct where their money goes.

Why do some folks in the tax-exempt world hold donors in such contempt? Donors, like all us humans, can certainly make mistakes and succumb to narcissism. But in the main, American donors are a generous group who don’t need harsh scrutiny to keep them from crushing the rest of us under the heels of their jackboots.

And yet a recent issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy brings a dire warning:

“The growing trend of using donor-advised funds is symptomatic of a broader trend where needs and desires of donors are put ahead of the needs of communities and causes,” says Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group that monitors grant-making organizations. “This troubles me.”

Read the whole article here.

The Author

Scott Walter

Walter served in the George W. Bush administration as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and was vice president for publications and research at the Philanthropy Roundtable. There…