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As a recently retired director of an Oregon arts organization, someone with two decades of philanthropy experience and a donor to the Oregon Cultural Trust, I was very upset to learn that money for which I and others donated and received a tax deduction was taken away from the Trust for non-arts purposes. One of the first principles of philanthropic giving is that donor intent matters, which is where the ethical issues arise. I and others gave money specifically to the arts, and that agreement was breeched. I will continue to support the Trust, but I have lost a great deal of trust in those who have invaded the funds that were given in good faith for the arts.
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