How Better To Give

"As for doing good, that is one of the professions which are full," wrote Henry David Thoreau in 1854, in acknowledgment of America's generous spirit. If it was full then, the field of philanthropy has burst its seams since Sept. 11. In a month and a half, Americans have given compassion, toil and more than $1 billion to salve the wounds of that day. Even before terror struck, philanthropic activity had reached an all-time high, in monetary terms and in the diversity of charitable organizations. The technology boom of the 1990s created a new breed of Carnegies and Astors who approach...

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