Philanthropy: Secret Sharers

Some of philanthropy's greatest heroes have secret identities. In an age when every seat at the local arts center seems to have a patron's name mounted on it, it may come as a surprise that some people may not want to be recognized for their giving. While it is difficult to know the precise scale of anonymous giving, Leslie Lenkowsky, professor at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, believes that about 1% of all donations in the U.S. are made anonymously. The most significant secret giver to come to light in recent years is Charles Feeney, a duty-free-shopping mogul who gave away...

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