Enid Ablowitz: Anonymity and Giving - Boulder Daily Camera: What does anonymous mean? Does the anonymous donor know or determine the recipient? Is the recipient a known individual or organization? If the donor is anonymous to the recipient, is the recipient anonymous to the donor? If both are anonymous, who serves as the intermediary? Is the gift then no longer anonymous?
Philosophers have waxed eloquent for eons about charitable intent. The ladder of giving, described by the 12th century rabbi, Maimonides, is informative as a testament to early attempts to characterize some kinds of giving as better than others.
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