Center Square: Op-Ed: Troubling trend of states attacking private donors
The Center Square - Data from Gallup shows that charitable giving today is at a 19-year low. One reason donations to some nonprofits may be declining is fear of social and governmental targeting. In today’s polarizing environment, it’s not surprising that donors are concerned. . .
One of the boldest attacks on the right to privacy has been in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget would have forced nonprofits to disclose the names of individual supporters to the state. A government agency would then post this personal information on the internet: name, address, and amount donated.
Fortunately, the language exposing nonprofit donors was removed from the bill after groups like Advocates for Children of New York, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc., the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and local Habitat for Humanity and YMCA groups spoke out. . .