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December 26, 2017

Embrace Serendipity

I was probably in my late 20’s or early 30’s when the hypocrisy of public giving first struck me.  We were attending an early performance at a brand new venue in town — a painstakingly re-purposing of a historical building in Milwaukee into a performance place.  There were tuxedos all around and elegant dresses and champagne was flowing freely.  The attention that night was on the benefactors who’s checkbook had made possible a wonderful new addition to the city’s cultural life — all in exchange for naming rights:  the right to have everyone who came there see just who it was who had made it all possible.  It was their little bit of immortality.

I wonder what buildings would not exist if it weren’t for tax advantages and naming rights?  I suspect that our lives would be much more mundane if the tax code we have lived under for the…

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