Why Have Americans Found It So Hard to Define Philanthropy Legally? And Why Does It Matter for the Future of Democracy in America?

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The United States has one of the largest and most vigorous philanthropic sectors, in part because our state sector is so weak relative to comparable developed nations. One reason is that we have permitted almost any non-criminal activity to count as “philanthropy”. The downside is that now that mega-philanthropy has come to dominate the philanthropic sector, the use of “philanthropic” funding threatens our democratic process. What can we do to avoid this historical trap?


Politics Social Welfare and Public Assistance

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