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Weighing a Donor's Philanthropic History: When Should a Recipient Say "No Thanks?"

May 27, 2016View for printing

It's becoming increasingly clear that people not only care about how a donor made his or her fortune, but also how they've spent that fortune.

Who knew that an imbroglio surrounding a relatively small gift in Bozeman, Montana could stand in as a case study for many of modern philanthropy's complexities and ambiguities?

That was our initial reaction upon learning that an advocacy group has called upon the Montana University System Board of Regents to refuse an $8 million gift to Montana State University from Greg Gianforte, the Republican gubernatorial candidate running against incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock.

Mike Scutari

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