What makes a top philanthropist?

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    Bravo to every one of these generous people.

    Especially to Jon Huntsman, Sr., who really is making a huge difference.

    As for the comment about checking to see if charities are using money effectively for the proclaimed purpose, as opposed to "overhead" that is very good. The rich folks giving away huge sums got rich by paying attention to costs and benefits, so there is little reason for concern about their contributions.

    However, one might ask if the "forced charity" where government takes money from taxpayers and uses it for ostensibly beneficial purposes is being used effectively, or if the "overhead" costs for government programs are controlled as well as private charities.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    I just hope that all this money that is given to charity is being used to really help the cause of the charity itself substantially more than being used to make the people running the charity rich themselves. One has to watch out for that before contributing to any charity. Otherwise you might have people like Bernie Madoff running away with a lot of money.