Philanthropic Freedom- What It Means and Why It Matters

Philanthropic Freedom

What It Means and Why It Matters

By: Joanne Florino
Published: Sep 2020
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Philanthropic freedom is

1) the individual or organization’s freedom to exercise human generosity by making voluntary charitable donations for the sake of the well-being and improvement of society, broadly understood, as well as

2) the individual or organization's freedom from restriction or coercion in the exercise of such generosity.

The Philanthropy Roundtable endeavors to protect both aspects of philanthropic freedom, supporting donors’ ability to voluntarily donate their private funds how and where they like. We recognize that the voluntary nature of charitable giving lies at the heart of this nation’s philanthropic tradition and is an essential prerequisite for continued generosity. Philanthropic freedom gives us the creative diversity of interests and approaches that has characterized centuries of American charity, resulting in a vibrant civil society.