Violent Opposition, For Now

[Note: This was cross-posted October 1, 2014 by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.]

Arthur Schopenhauer said, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

I’m no expert on German philosophers, but Schopenhauer really nails it. Just think of the cause of marriage equality, which has followed exactly that course, passing from ridicule to violent opposition to acceptance as self-evident over the course of the last twenty years.

The effort to reform donor-advised funds (DAFs) does not have nearly the societal ramifications of the marriage equality issue. That said, donor-advised fund reform is an enormously important issue for American philanthropy, and when viewed through a Schopenhauerian lens, the effort has recently transitioned into the second phase of truth: violent opposition. Continue reading

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Labor Day Plus One

We all have our favorite day of the year. It might be a birthday or a particular holiday. For me, it’s Opening Day of the baseball season. For my wife Pat, it’s the Sunday morning each fall when the clocks get turned back and she can get an extra hour of sleep.

But the worst day? For lots of people, it’s today.

Labor Day Tuesday slams the door on summer. The kids are back to school. (Actually, they were probably already back to school last week, but now they’re really back.) For the rest of us, there will be no more summer Friday afternoons when nobody really expects you to be at the office. Office attire suddenly becomes noticeably less casual. Summer vacation seems a distant memory. And, to add a bit of emphasis as we turn the calendar page to September, all those meetings and assignments that we were putting off until after Labor Day – well, I’m afraid to say, it’s now after Labor Day. We are keenly aware that it’s time to get to work, and because we’ve stockpiled our tasks, chances are we’re already behind schedule. Continue reading

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