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The priorities of donors from minority communities differ according to their age, argues a new report by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The older generation is more focused on their own ethnic communities while the younger generation is ready to seek broader benefits from their donations, the authors found. The study, “Pathways for Change: Philanthropy Among African American, Asian American, and Latino Donors in the New York Metropolitan Region,” is based on interviews with 166 minority donors who had given an annual gift of at least $200. It found that donors born before the mid-1960s are more likely to give to their own communities while younger donors prefer to donate to educational programs without targeting a certain ethnic group. Younger donors are more interested in influencing Wall Street and financial networks than politics in Washington, the study showed. [10/4/04]

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