ON-Lion Letter
In a letter to the editor of The Weekly Standard, printed in its December 24 issue, Philanthropy Roundtable president Adam Meyerson defends the value and independence of nonprofit organizations in America.

Responding to a Standard piece by John J. DiIulio, Jr., Meyerson writes that "DiIulio is a distinguished social science researcher who has challenged conventional wisdom in his field.  So it was surprising to read his December 10 article ("Nonprofits Without Honor") proposing to deny tax-exempt status to nonprofits unless they 'predictably and reliably produce significant nonmember benefits.'

"This proposal, among its other flaws, would jeopardize the existence of independent, privately funded research institutions that are exploring politically or culturally unfashionable lines of inquiry," Meyerson continues.  "It would also endanger the philanthropic foundations that finance such work."

Meyerson also questions how such a subjective standard would be enforced, and by whom.

In a brief response to the letter, DiIulio writes that some prudent reforms of the nonprofit sector should be considered.  "The status quo alternative is an odd one indeed for conservatives to defend without reflection," says DiIulio, a University of Pennsylvania political-science professor and author of Godly Republic:  A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports the Roundtable and has supported some of DiIulio's work.
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