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Dorothy S. Ridings is retired president of the Council on Foundations and a longtime member of the board of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is also one of In Trust's Governance Mentors.

In May, the New York Times published a letter by Ridings warning of the possible dangers of nonprofit organizations accepting donations from completely anonymous donors. She understands the need for occasional public anonymity, but she feels the institution's board should always know who the donor is.

Read Dorothy S. Ridings' letter to the editor of the New York Times here.

Later in May, public radio host Dick Gordon interviewed Ridings on this topic on his radio program, The Story. Listen to the interview here. (To listen, go to the bottom of the page and click on the arrow below "Listen Now." The interview with Ridings begins just past the halfway mark.)


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