May 18, 2010
by Bradley Center
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Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal held a discussion of
Dawn of the Dead?
A Discussion of
Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead
by Ray Madoff
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Hudson Institute - Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW - Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
A donor may set up a charitable foundation in perpetuity, and the foundation’s trustees are obligated to carry out the donor’s intent. These two defining features of the American legal system afford donors a form of immortality, writes Boston College law professor RAY MADOFF in her new book, Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale University Press). But when current needs are effectively surrendered to the “dead hand” of the past, and when that trend is driven not by the wishes of the dead so much as by the living who stand to benefit the most – trustees, bankers, and financial services companies, society and the donor himself or herself ultimately lose, Madoff argues.
On May 18, Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center gathered a panel of experts to discuss the issues raised in Madoff’s book: Is it impossible to prevent donor intent from being corrupted? To what extent should it be honored after a donor’s death? Who should decide? Panelists included author RAY MADOFF herself, as well as SUZANNE GARMENT of Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, GuideStar International’s ARTHUR “BUZZ” SCHMIDT, and JEFFREY COOPER of Quinnipiac University School of Law. The Bradley Center’s WILLIAM SCHAMBRA moderated the discussion.
Program and Panel
Registration, lunch buffet
Welcome by Hudson Institute's WILLIAM SCHAMBRA
RAY MADOFF, Boston College
JEFFREY COOPER, Quinnipiac University School of Law
ARTHUR "BUZZ" SCHMIDT, GuideStar International
SUZANNE GARMENT, Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy
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Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal aims to explore the usually unexamined intellectual assumptions underlying the grantmaking practices of America’s foundations and provide practical advice and guidance to grantmakers who seek to support smaller, grassroots institutions in the name of civic renewal.
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