Writing off Ideas: Taxation, Philanthropy, and America's Non-Profit Foundations

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"In the twentieth century, tax-exempt foundations grew substantially both in their financial importance and in the scope of their activities. Today, a large and accelerating percentage of wealth is being placed into foundations for tax purposes. Writing off Ideas examines the economic, cultural, and intellectual implications of tax-exempt organizations." "How do various tax laws influence foundations and what types of ideas are produced? How do the activities of foundations relate to the interests and intentions of their founders? Does the
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"In the twentieth century, tax-exempt foundations grew substantially both in their financial importance and in the scope of their activities. Today, a large and accelerating percentage of wealth is being placed into foundations for tax purposes. Writing off Ideas examines the economic, cultural, and intellectual implications of tax-exempt organizations." "How do various tax laws influence foundations and what types of ideas are produced? How do the activities of foundations relate to the interests and intentions of their founders? Does the economic management of foundation assets serve the public good or would such assets be better employed through the private market process?" "Could the tax law be creating organizations shielded from economic realities and true social needs, producing a philanthropic sub-culture that squanders resources, fosters questionable ideologies, and launches foolish crusades? What would be the impact of the flat tax, reduction or abolition of estate taxes, or of proposals to increase or decrease the minimum payout requirement?"--BOOK JACKET.
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Randall G. Holcombe is research fellow at the Independent Institute and DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He is author of twelve books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include Writing Off Ideas: Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America, Public Policy and the Quality of Life, From Liberty to Democracy: Th e Transformation of American Government, and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Origins and Development of Foundations 25
3 The Ideas They Promote 53
4 Tax Laws and Their Influence on Foundations 85
5 Trends and Biases in Foundation Funding 113
6 Donor Intent 135
7 Trustees and the Direction of Foundations 153
8 The Accountability of Nonprofit Foundations 171
9 The Role of Nonprofit Foundations in the Economy 197
10 Policy Issues 217
11 Conclusion 243
References 267
Index 275
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