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Bill Clinton to Ireland: Out of financial crashes, country could mine great philanthropic future. Maybe try crowdfunding? he ventures.

"Ireland can exploit new technology to become a world leader in philanthropy, former US president Bill Clinton told an audience in Dublin tonight. Lending his support to the One Percent Difference campaign, America’s 42nd president, a long-time advocate of philanthropy, said the financial crisis underlined the need for a stronger contribution from corporate Ireland and high-wealth individuals to the charity sector. One of the main reasons for giving, he said, was to help meet 'social needs in Ireland that would otherwise have to be met by the Government at a time of severe budgetary constraints - or would not be met at all.'"-- Joe Humphrys, the Irish Times

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