terça-feira, 20 de julho de 2010
BBC Blog Network "How important is philanthropy?" - Welcome, but the State cannot depend on it.
Philanthropy was, is and will continue to be important in every society particularly poorer ones yet boasting a sizeable number of super-rich citizens.
Examples abound from around the world whereby wealthy individuals left their fortunes to set up and fund institutions that have become household names.
For the most part these institutions provided major help addressing the needs and promoting the lives of many. Or simply advancing science and technology in whichever field.
Put on top the multiplier effect over the years and we're doubtless faced with one of the best ways of giving back to society at large that which ended up in the hands of a few.
That said, a State cannot hope wealthy citizens to address the social problems of the many other than through willful contribution over their lifetime and especially after death.
Charitable giving is exactly that which it means.
It is an optional, not an obligation.
Clearly no State can hope, least of all expect, to meet financing shortfalls it created through philanthropic contributions.
The 30% financing gap quoted for the UK - at nearly one-third of total funding requirement - seems to me unacceptably high .
The government cannot hope the rich to pay up other than what their regular proportional-to-income taxes going into State coffers already implies.
Philanthropy is a different domain of authentic generosity and caring for fellow humans.
Of wishing to make a difference and having the means to do so.
Not to be mixed with only too often overspending or misspending of State money generating revenue imbalances that are hard to fill.