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The people who bring us Giving USA have announced that the latest edition of the report contains a clerical error.
In life, when one makes a mistake, it’s generally a good idea to admit it and, when possible, fix it. It’s impossible to be perfect. So, what separates the good guys from the bad guys is not who can achieve perfection. Instead, the good guys are defined by how effectively and honestly they deal with problems when they are identified.
I congratulate Giving USA for promptly correcting its error.
Here is the text of the email from Giving USA that explains the situation:
Dear Valued Giving USA Customer,
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Giving USA are committed to providing the most up-to-date data on charitable giving possible-and to doing so with transparency, accuracy, and accessibility.
It is for this reason that we are notifying you that the Center on Philanthropy has updated the Giving USA bequest and total giving data for the years 1998-2009 that were originally reported in Giving USA 2012, released in June of this year. The changes are necessary because an error in the bequest giving data for those years has come to our attention.read more »