As we look back on 2012 from a philanthropic perspective, the one word that comes to mind is “uncertainty.” As the economy has gradually recovered from the damage inflicted by the recession of 2007 to 2009, charitable giving has followed that trend. But, despite improvement, amounts donated in 2011 were still far below the 2007 peaks. Leading industry experts have predicted it could be as late as 2022 before giving completely recovers. Even as the economy gradually ...

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