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16 Apr 2009
by Colin Greer
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Diversity is Not a Dirty Word

The idea that charitable foundations should be required to hire more minority employees, was regrettably framed as a “threat” to philanthropy in an article in The Economist a few weeks ago. Specifically, The Economist article deals with a recommendation from the Greenlining Institute and the Philanthropy Roundtablethat foundations should be sensitive to diversity in the hiring of their employees. These suggestions have...

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30 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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No, This is Not a Test

Philanthropy has work to do. And it’s not simply to be charitable and feed the hungry. The scale of United States national debt is so big – we’re talking $11-14 trillion – and there is national, state, and municipal deficits too. Meanwhile, the amount of money held in most foundations for social justice and community-based...

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24 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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Public Accountability vs. Private Privilege

On NY1’s “Road to City Hall” the other day, I listened to former New York senator Alfonse D’Amato, former mayor Ed Koch, and former Comptroller Carl McCall, recently agreeing that there was no difference between billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s use of personal money in his mayoral campaign in New York, and Obama’s use of private fundraising activity during his...

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10 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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Priorities, Taxes and Charitable Giving

President Obama’s new budget proposals would limit itemized tax deductions to 28% for people who earn more than $250,000. It also calls for reinstating marginal tax rates of 39.6% for the same group. As a result, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University projects that overall charitable giving could decrease by 2.1% or $3.9 billion....

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