Life is a series of learning experiences. I would like to share with you what I am learning about philanthropy. I became interested in the subject because of my many volunteer efforts, including founding the Women in Science and Technology Alliance (WiSTA), the first and largest coalition of public and private institutions promoting full participation of girls and women in all aspects and levels of science and technology.

Along with technology, nonprofit organizations are transforming America. Technology is the engine of economic growth and has changed the way we live and work. Philanthropy is providing entrepreneurial and collaborative strategies to help improve our communities. More importantly, an interesting juxtaposition of the two has led to a philanthropy renaissance unlike any other in our history. Today, nonprofit groups represent an important and growing force in the U.S. economy. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data show that in 1997 there were 54,000 private...

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