Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Brian Galle (Georgetown) presents Design and Implementation of a Charitable Regulation Regime at Georgetown today as part of its Tax Law and Public Finance Workshop Series hosted by John Brooks and Itai Grinberg:
Charitable organizations are often billed as private alternatives to the governmental provision of public goods (Weisbrod 1975). Yet in developed countries many aspects of charities are subject to government dictate, or at least oversight. Government rules may circumscribe, or at least incentivize, the organizational structure of the firm, the rights and obligations of its stakeholders, what activities it will engage in or not, how much it will spend or save, even to whom it will communicate and the content of those communications. In a federated system such as the United States, a single multi-state firm might be answerable to literally dozens of separate regulators.
Why is regulation of charity so pervasive? Is regulation justifiable from a perspective of economic theory? How can it be squared with the fundamentally private—that is, non-governmental—nature of charitable firms? This Chapter explores five major questions in the design and implementation of regimes for regulation of charity.