3. My view: Neither major party candidate is going to disturb the charitable contribution deduction, throat clearing noises in Congress to the contrary.
4. Donor advised funds will continue to grow apace. Depending on your perspective this may or may not be a good thing. The good thing is that it has brought many new high net worth people into philanthropy (not necessarily altruistically. But still.) This The not-so-good result is that much of that money sits, tax-free and tax-deductible to the donor, undistributed to charities.
This election is a dreadful distraction from our country’s real problems, for example, the relentless intractability of poverty in the world’s wealthiest nation. Fueled by network and cable TV whose interests in creating tension and protracting the agony so they can sell us more stuff is not pretty.
Despite that, the generosity and optimistic spirit of the American people continues to amaze and inspire me and keeps me at this work. What I have learned from my fellow Americans is that the world can indeed be a better place.