Last week, The Philanthropy Roundtable held its Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. As part of the programming, the Alliance for Charitable Reform held a panel on tax policy and charitable giving featuring Robert Sharpe, chairman of the Sharpe Group, and Sandra Swirski, ACR executive director. Pete Bird of the Frist Foundation moderated the panel which discussed the less obvious changes to the tax code and their practical implications for donors of all shapes and sizes.
ACR also hosted a discussion on philanthropy and democracy at the Annual meeting. While some are concerned that wealthy philanthropists may be playing too large of a role in affecting and influencing their fellow citizens’ lives, advocates for philanthropic freedom counter that efforts to limit the ability of Americans to support the organizations and causes they believe in will diminish freedom and politicize charitable giving. Rob Reich, director of the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University and co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values, and Heather Higgins, president of the Randolph Foundation and co-founder of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, discussed the issue.