The Private Charity Lacunae: The Tax Reform Act of 1969 and the Rise of Donor-Advised Funds
Tax Reform Act of 1969 forum

The Private Charity Lacunae: The Tax Reform Act of 1969 and the Rise of Donor-Advised Funds

Editors’ Note: Lila Corwin Berman continues HistPhil’s (slightly dilatory) forum marking the 50th anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1969 with a contribution explaining how the Act paved the way for the spectacular rise of donor-advised funds. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Congress worried about the unchecked private power that philanthropic entities could hold … Continue reading

Conferences / Philanthropy and Historical Research

Announcing the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative

Editors’ Note: The organizers of a new research initiative in Jewish philanthropy announce its inauguration. In a newly published study that draws on the first comprehensive data set of U.S.-based Jewish philanthropic organizations, Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim and Mathew Brookner show that such organizations gave more than $46 billion in grants in the period between … Continue reading

Current Events and Philanthropy / Philanthropy and Historical Research

Donor Advised Funds from an Historian’s Perspective

Editors’ Note: This Friday, in Washington, DC, Boston College Law School’s Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good will be hosting a conference, “The Rise of Donor-Advised Funds: Should Congress Respond.” Among the scholars and policy-makers convening to discuss DAFs is Lila Corwin Berman, Associate Professor of History at Temple University, who will be presenting on … Continue reading