America’s commitment to philanthropy is unique among nations—it is a tangible example of American exceptionalism. Charity is an essential ingredient in our prosperity, happiness, and freedom. But America’s great tradition of voluntary giving may be jeopardized by economic challenges on the horizon. AEI President Arthur Brooks is overseeing a multi-year project which begins with a new research report analyzing the impact of the recent recession on giving and which discusses the optimal policies for encouraging the growth of private philanthropy. This paper is just one component of a broader effort that will include articles, op-eds, research papers, events, and other activities aimed at ensuring America’s culture of philanthropy remains entrenched as an important part of our national heritage.
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At the Philanthropic Freedom Project's inaugural public event, AEI President Arthur Brooks will present his new research on how charitable giving has changed in the United States in the wake of the Great Recession and how those changes have serious ramifications for future tax policy.
This paper estimates the price and income elasticities of charitable giving using the 2009 Panel Study of Income Dynamics. It then considers the likely effects of the 2013 personal income tax rate increases and possible tax deduction limits currently under consideration.
The holidays are here, and in the coming weeks you'll see your mailbox fill with plaintive requests from every imaginable charity and nonprofit cause. I run one of them, so I should know.If history is any indication, many of these requests will not go unrequited: The philanthropy monitor Giving USA estimates that U.S. nonprofits and houses of worship received an amazing $316 billion in 2012.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses tax policy, philanthropy, the effects of capping the charitable deduction and AEI's Philanthropic Freedom Project with Marques Chavez of the Alliance for Charitable Reform.
Thank you very much, Arthur – both for that kind introduction and for everything you do to advance the cause of human freedom.And a Happy Constitution Day to you all.Now, you might think there are few demographic groups more easily stereotyped than middle-aged, Mormon, constitutional lawyers.
The Obamas and the Bidens released their 2012 tax returns on the White House blog today.Now that Biden’s tax returns are coming under public scrutiny, he and Dr. Jill Biden seem to be feeling a bit more charitable than the former, rather uncharitable Senator Joe Biden, whose tax returns probably received little attention, if they were even released at all.