December 29, 2009
President Obama’s proposal to limit tax breaks for charitable gifts by wealthy people hasn’t gone anywhere, but an article on the furor over the plan was the most-popular news story on The Chronicle‘s Web site this year.
While the plan, proposed as part of an effort to pay for a health-care overhaul, hasn’t come up too much in the Congressional debates about health care, some Senate Republicans continue to worry that the proposal could get revived.
News that very rich people continued to make large gifts in 2008, despite the recession, was the second most-popular story on The Chronicle’s site.
It was followed by an article about President Obama’s efforts to identify and support promising charities through his White House Office of Social Innovation. Articles about the new office, meanwhile, were also among the most-viewed items on The Chronicle’s Government and Politics blog.
The Ford Foundation’s decision to offer buyouts to a third of its staff — a controversial move that sparked some criticism from readers — was fourth among The Chronicle’s most-read articles of 2009.
Readers looking for some good news about giving in 2009 helped to make an article about how a majority of donors predicted their contributions would be flat this year the fifth most-read item among this Web site’s news updates.