Re: Generosity the Extropian way
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 00:01:57 EST

Max suggested that Extropians consider helping one of many deserving institutions--the Grameen Foundation. Allow me to add a few worthy donees to the list:

  1. Extropy Institute, of course. You know what it does and how much it needs your support. 'Nuff said.
  2. HALT (Help Abolish Legal Tyranny) offers salve for the conscience of anyone who has profitted from restrictive licensing of legal professionals. It fights to give consumers better access to legal advice--and to give lawyers less access to monopoly privileges.
  3. Educational institutions that you have known and loved, regardless of whether or not they already have huge endowments, will at least probably not do great harm. And here, as opposed to so many other potential recipients of your largess, you can have a fair amount of confidence about what your money will do.

I mention these three donees in the same spirit that others of you have mentioned your favorite investments. Your charitable portfolio should, of course, fit your own particular goals.

December offers a great time to contribute to the tax-deductible cause of your choosing. You probably know something about your year's finances and upcoming tax bill, and you can win all the benefits of deductibility despite having enjoyed the use of your money for the eleven prior months.

T.0. Morrow