Originally published at Forbes
Reporters have the right to keep their sources private. Lawyers don’t have to release their client lists. And non-political charities do not have to share the identities of their donors, thanks to a Supreme Court decision this year.
People give anonymously to charity for a number of reasons. Sometimes donors prefer to give privately for modesty or religious purposes. Others — especially those with a high profile — want to keep the focus on the nonprofit mission, rather than themselves. Some want to avoid solicitations from other charities.