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LAWS 4408 Law of Philanthropy (Spring: 2 )

Course Description

Millions of individual Americans, as well as foundations and corporations, donate well in excess of $300 billion, each year, in charitable gifts. Even in soft economies, that figure tends to grow annually. Philanthropy has become a key part of the US economy, fully 2.2% of GDP and, increasingly, a discrete and important field of the practice of law. In this course, students will explore the structure of American philanthropy - its legal history, current regulation, case law and emerging legislation and topics on public policy. The course will introduce students to sophisticated charitable giving techniques used to convey donations and trends in the practice of law and philanthropy. Whether anticipating a practice with active engagement in philanthropy, or, volunteer service as a member of foundation or non-profit boards, this course will provide students with an in-depth orientation to the field.


Prerequisites: Taxation I; Estate and Gift Taxation preferred but not required.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17