Charity Overload: It is possible to have too much of a good thing

There can be too much of a good thing in this world--the most recent and well-known example being Twitter. Another example, believe it or not, is the non-profit organization, usually a charity.

For many years and long before I became a lawyer, much less one specializing in non-profits, I wondered why so often after somebody became famous or wealthy, he or she would create a brand spanking new charity or private foundation. My na?ve layman's view then was that most of the good causes already had existing organizations (especially the major diseases: cancer, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, etc.) and that it was a colossal waste of resources to create a new organization for an already well-supported cause. I couldn't get past the simple observation that the recently flush celebrity (often a local pro athlete with a signing bonus) could have simply written a check to his favorite cause. Good deed done.


Bruce D. Collins

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