When partisan thinkers do philanthropy studies, you know there will be knife concealed in the sleeve of the academic regalia. The new talking points for conservatives philanthropy pundits are these:
- Giving is good for people and society
- Government funding crowds out philanthropy
- Taxes should be cut
- Liberals should give more to fill in the holes left by tax cuts
- We should all Praise God.
There is more to it than that, but you can see how this will go. Last week I was a facilitator with Tracy Gary (a known liberal) of two networks, one of liberal heirs and progressive thinkers; the other a main street mostly Christian network of socially conservative, self-made, financial advisors. The lovely part is that after a little bewilderment, and a few wary glances, we evolved towards not only mutual respect, but civic friendship. A number of quite specific working relationships resulted. So, I am here to say, "Nice, knife, fella, please check it at the door." Be charitable, Mr. Brooks.