Philanthropy and the Public Sphere

Edited by Peter Frumkin

in Strategic Giving

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226266268
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226266282 | DOI:
Philanthropy and the Public Sphere

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This chapter considers philanthropy in the context of the public sphere and discusses the procedural guidelines, rules and regulations bearing on the administration of philanthropic assets in the U.S. It highlights the lack of government oversight on what kinds of causes are to be supported and explains that rationale for the permissive policy position of the government. This chapter suggests that tax code's inclination to support giving is that government sees private philanthropy as a necessary partner in the pursuit of public purposes. It also considers the parallels between giving the political speech and argues that while American philanthropy is shaped by government through regulation and the application of subsidies, donors are still in a position to set the terms of their relationship with government.

Keywords: philanthropy; public sphere; permissive policy; tax code; public purposes; political speech; donors; subsidies

Chapter.  10909 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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