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11/28/12 - Charity: A Crucial Complement, Not a Replacement

A Crucial Complement, Not a Replacement

Leslie Lenkowsky

Part of the NYTime's Room for Debate series

Leslie Lenkowsky is a professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies at Indiana University.

November 27, 2012

The idea that charity can take the place of government spending is absurd on its face. The federal government alone spends far more than the $300 billion Americans donated to nonprofit groups last year. Moreover, much of that giving goes for purposes that would be low on any government’s priority list.

But that is exactly why philanthropy is valuable and deserves encouragement through tax and other public policies. Read more>>





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