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Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Discusses Private Giving and Washington's Library
MOUNT VERNON, VA—Barbara Lucas, regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, discusses the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and the critical role private giving plays at Mount Vernon.
This is the second of a two-part feature on private giving and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Click here to see part one of the feature.
How Private Giving Realized One of Washington's Final Desires
In a letter to James McHenry in April 1797, a recently-retired George Washington wrote of his desire to build a library at his home at Mount Vernon.
“I have not houses to build, except one, which I must erect for the accommodation and security of my military, civil and private papers, which are voluminous and may be interesting,” Washington wrote.
Washington’s desire was realized 217 years later when on September 27, 2013, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opened at Mount Vernon.
This is the first of a two-part feature on private giving and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Tomorrow we will share an extended video of our interview with Barbara Lucas, regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
The fifth annual Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders was held on March 5, despite Mother Nature’s attempt to unravel the travel plans of those attending. Our audience members heard from three panels whose presenters addressed the potential impact of tax reform on the charitable sector and encouraged more education of our elected officials about the damage that would be done to our communities by any diminution of private giving.
Senator John Thune (R-SD) asked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about the proposed cap on the charitable deduction at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the President’s FY2015 budget proposal.
Portland news station KATU reports on Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) effort with Senator John Thune (R-SD) to preserve the full value and scope of the charitable deduction.
Howard Husock, vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute, is the latest featured guest in our Free to Give series. In this interview, Husock discusses the newly-released study from the American Enterprise Institute on charitable giving; the charitable deduction; independent philanthropy representing our democratic ideals; and the roles government and independent philanthropy play in our civil society.