is the protection of philanthropic freedom – the right of Americans to choose how and where to spend their charitable assets. A project of The Philanthropy Roundtable, ACR educates legislators and policymakers about the central role of private charitable giving in American life and the dangers of legislative or political measures that would weaken or constrain the philanthropic freedom that makes such giving possible.
Since 1917, America has recognized the value of the charitable deduction, which has served as the bedrock of our altruistic society and is a model for the world. It must continue as a fundamental tenet of our tax system.
The current two-tiered tax provision is simply a disincentive for foundations to increase giving in any one year.
Karl Zinsmeister, vice president for publications at The Philanthropy Roundtable, will discuss the vital role of American philanthropy using examples and content contained in the newly-released Almanac of American Philanthropy.
With the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics officially coming to a close on Sunday, take a moment to learn about the significant role philanthropy plays in our modern Olympic movement. The first modern Olympic Games were held on April 6, 1896 in Athens, Greece, reincarnated by a Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who believed that international […]
On this date in 1922, the home of noted abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass, which he named Cedar Hill, was dedicated in Washington, DC, as a historic shrine. Douglass’ widow, Helen Douglass, had formed the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (FDMHA) a short time following his death in 1895. Around the same time, the […]
The Philanthropic Achievement of the Week will highlight significant historical philanthropic achievements throughout history that showcase the wide-reaching impact of private charitable giving. To see previous achievement spotlights, click here. This week’s spotlight is below: 1962 – Averting Millions of Deaths by Starvation When the Rockefeller Foundation decided to extend the Green Revolution to Asia […]
With the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, we wanted to share with you the city’s unique place in the history of philanthropy. 1731 – Philadelphia Library Company In the first half of the 18th century, American libraries were typically small collections of books in private homes, or at the handful of colleges and […]
With the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, we thought we would share with you the city’s unique place in the history of philanthropy. 1914 – World’s First Community Foundation (Cleveland) As a lawyer and banker, Frederick Goff had seen charitable gifts go awry because there was no one to follow through after […]
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The Philanthropic Achievement of the Week will highlight significant historical philanthropic achievements throughout history that showcase the wide-reaching impact of private charitable giving. To see previous achievement spotlights, click here. This week’s spotlight is below: 2013 – Remembering the Outer Boroughs (New York City) In March of 2013, health-care entrepreneur Donald Rubin and his wife, Shelley, […]