Jon Huntsman Sr.’s Early Calling to Philanthropy

November 2, 2013 2:02 AM

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Jon Huntsman Sr.’s Early Calling to Philanthropy

If you are giving $20 or even $200 to an organization, you feel good and hope they use it well. If you give $20 million to the same organization, you might still feel good, but you worry about how it will be used. The process of giving changes. An increased capacity for generosity also brings attention from advisers trying to guide your philanthropy — for a fee, of course — as well as charities hoping to receive a grant.

It is easy to see how challenging, perhaps even frustrating, being a heavy-duty philanthropist can be as the dollars rise. Given the proliferation of nonprofits in the United States — there were nearly 1.6 million in 2011, according to the Urban Institute, a 25 percent increase in one decade — the v...

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