Liberty’s Human Element Needs to Show Through

Liberty’s Human Element Needs to Show Through

This morning’s CNN banner didn’t mince words: “President Cuts Aid to Poor People.”

Policy decisions are made every day by those in government. Regardless of the nuance and reasons behind that particular policy decision, this headline likely wasn’t the public relations goal the White House wanted. Yet it shouldn’t be a surprise.

Conservatives and libertarians often get tarred with a …

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Transactional to Transformational: Better Giving Experiences

Transactional to Transformational: Better Giving Experiences

When donors are committed to an organization’s solution to improve the world, they often give on with their dollars what they cannot give with their time.

In return, the organization’s staff puts in the time, thus leveraging donor dollars toward those solutions.

Sometimes, though, donors DO need to give of their time. Likewise, it’s ok for an organization to use …

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Giving Your Time: Serving on a Non-Profit Board

Giving Your Time: Serving on a Non-Profit Board

To continue our Expert Giving series, we asked our very own CEO, Lawson Bader, to share his advice on how donors can give of their time by serving on non-profit boards and what that entails. Lawson is currently serving on the board of directors at State Policy Network, Atlas Network, and DonorsTrust. 

I need to lodge a formal complaint. I …

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Donating Bitcoin and Other Convertible Virtual Currency

Donating Bitcoin and Other Convertible Virtual Currency

By now, pretty much everyone is familiar with the virtual currency phenomena, especially Bitcoin. Bitcoin (as well as other virtual currencies) is well on its way to general acceptance. But, as is the case with every new financial concept, the tax treatment of virtual currency is still far from certain.

This uncertainty is glaringly evident in the case of virtual …

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“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

Being firmly committed to a set of principles carries a major risk, namely that those who take an opposing view will also oppose you.

DonorsTrust is built on a set of principles anchored around donor intent and the ideals of liberty. Sadly, this means we have critics and detractors. That’s ok. Contrary to the sheltered perspective of certain loud voices, …

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Developing Liberty’s Next Generation

Developing Liberty’s Next Generation

We regularly invite outside experts to offer you and other donors advice on how to approach certain philanthropic arenas. This month, Roger Ream, the president of The Fund for American Studies and the Foundation for Teaching Economics shares his experiences with the different student oriented liberty groups and raises some questions donors should ask themselves when deciding what organization to

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Responding to Harvey with Sound Philanthropy

Responding to Harvey with Sound Philanthropy

Private philanthropy stitches together our social fabric. We have a unique American instinct to give to those in need, to support ideas with our dollars, and to privately fund the needs of our communities.

Those of us beyond the reach of Hurricane Harvey’s spinning arms have watched with horror as the rains pour down. It’s hard to watch images of …

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Learning to Fly in Philanthropy: Novus Society’s Long Game

Learning to Fly in Philanthropy: Novus Society’s Long Game

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight at Kitty Hawk only lasted 12 seconds. Orville, piloting the new flying machine, traveled all of 120 ft.

As I write this, I’m on a plane travelling more than 300 miles through the air 30,000 feet above the Earth, on plane that offers me wi-fi, a full food and beverage menu, and satellite TV …

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Repelling Watchful Dragons: Finding Good in Trying Times

Repelling Watchful Dragons: Finding Good in Trying Times

I don’t think it’s something in the water. But August lacks the quiet vibe of previous years, when life in a traffic-less and politician-free Washington, D.C. habitually slows its pace.

The post-election national angst playing out across airwaves, social media, dinner tables, pulpits, and street corners seemingly exploded this past week with the events in Charlottesville. Living inside the Beltway …

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Saving Our Bacon: The Value of Think Tanks & Their Donors

Saving Our Bacon: The Value of Think Tanks & Their Donors

The Allusionist podcast, a great program exploring the hidden side of language, recently aired an episode called “Zillions.” It looked at the frequent use of non-exact counting words like zillion, umpteen, and bajillion. You and I often speak these words when referring to numbers so large it is hard to get our head around them.

Turns out humans have …

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