There are occupational hazards to writing about philanthropy.
One is that when I make a critical comment about donors, I run the risk of being chastised for passing judgment. I’m told it’s none of my business how people choose to be charitable, that I should stop picking nits and simply honor their good intentions. The most frequent phrase I hear: “Remember: It’s their money!”
But is it really their money? For most major donors, not entirely. Let me explain. Continue reading