Why Don’t Corporations Give to Charity?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In an op-ed for Slate, Ken Stern examines the decline in corporate contributions to charities in the U.S., as a percentage of pretax profits, over the past 30 years.

A few weeks ago, I chaperoned my son’s preschool field trip to the Maryland Science Center. As we entered the lobby, the kids were drawn to the artificial geyser, which shoots fountains of hot water into the air. But I focused on the donor plaques that festooned the lobby and the many signs pointing to the museum’s corporate benefactors: the Lockheed Martin gallery, the Legg Mason Pavilion. Even the information desk has a corporate sponsor.

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