I could be wrong, though.
And I'm all for rich folks giving money to help better the world, but I know that a lot of it is so they can get tax breaks (such as avoiding the inheritance tax), and to improve their public perception (otherwise, they would give anonymously, no?).
It still, ultimately, is done to further their own interests, and not out of a deeply felt need to help others. At least that's my own jaded perception - I'll be glad to be proven wrong. (Like if a corporation ever dedicated its profits to helping the world be a better place. Oh, I forgot, they can't do that - they can only take action to increase shareholder value, or else they're open to lawsuits. Doh!)posted by beth at 12:42 PM on February 8, 2001
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