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Conclusion

Donors should anticipate that attacks on philanthropy will continue, as will assaults on the free enterprise system which underpins the creation of the private wealth that makes philanthropy possible. As pressure increases to transfer more private wealth to government, the “you didn’t build that” mentality will threaten economic and philanthropic freedom alike. Holding firm to the beliefs that private philanthropy is essential to a free society and that voluntary private action offers the most effective solutions for many of society’s most pressing challenges, The Philanthropy Roundtable will continue to monitor, report on, and vigorously oppose those who would limit donors’ freedom to choose the purposes and paths of their charitable giving.