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My Brother's Keeper

American Philanthropic Lessons For Europe

All modern societies should provide effectively for public well-being; and as our systems converge, we must learn from each other how best to respond to our common problems.

All societies provide in some way for their destitute and distressed, provide vehicles for health and education, and support culture and the arts; but nations pursue these goals differently depending on their customs, traditions and beliefs.

Government, the marketplace and private philanthropy each plays a part; determining the appropriate role for each deserves thought and examination. The strength of government lies in its ability to enforce its dictates; the strength of private philanthropy lies in the diversity and creativity it encourages; the strength of the marketplace is that it reflects not what the public "should" want but what it is willing to pay for.

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