It Profits Us to Strengthen Nonprofits

AMERICA NEEDS A NEW social priority: to triple the productivity of the nonprofits and to double the share of gross personal income—now just below 3 percent—they collect as donations. Otherwise the country faces, only a few years out, social polarization.

Federal, state, and local governments will have to retrench sharply, no matter who is in office. Moreover, government has proved incompetent at solving social problems. Virtually every success we have scored has been achieved by nonprofits.

The great advances in health and longevity have been sponsored, directed, and in large part financed ...

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