Opinion
May 22, 2015
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Patience and a Tolerance for Risk Are Essential for Public-Policy Donors

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Protesters on the steps of New York City Hall in support of reforming marijuana laws.

Over the last decade, philanthropists have grown more interested in shaping government policy. In areas as different as charter schools, marijuana legalization, and pension reform, donors have been crucial in changing public views and, in turn, law.

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