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Quote of the Day (May 21, 2008)

May 21, 2008

Quotemarks"...While not unique per se, America's reliance on voluntary action certainly is distinctive; if philanthropy is a virtue, it could very well be America's most distinctive virtue. Americans turn to philanthropy to advance their vision of the public good more than other cultures do; we use philanthropy to try to do good things, which is why it is a virtue and not a vice. The point is that if you don't understand how the United States works as a three-sector society, as a society heavily reliant on philanthropic action in the third sector, you don't understand the United States...."

-- Robert L. Payton and Michael P. Moody, Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission


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