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Strengthening Our Communities With Free Market Philanthropy

Strengthening Our Communities With Free Market Philanthropy

Without government intervention, who will help those in need? Will our communities suffer? This installment of our “Beyond Policy” series by Megan Rose of Better Together highlights the organizations that promote human flourishing through community driven programs and initiatives. You can read the previous segment of this series here

Does it seem as if our society has lost some of …

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Opportunity for Women with the Freedom Movement

Opportunity for Women with the Freedom Movement

We regularly share insights from an expert in the liberty movement on how we might be more strategic in our charitable giving. In this segment, Carrie Lukas, President of Independent Women’s Forum, offers commentary on the circumstances of conservative women today and advice for those seeking to champion women in a principled, pro-liberty way. 

The freedom movement works to spread opportunity and …

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Why Ann Gives: Turning the Focus Around

Why Ann Gives: Turning the Focus Around

In 2018, we will continue sharing first-hand stories of how clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. This is Ann Fitzgerald’s story, the fourth installment in our series. You can read the previous article from Peter Flinch here.

How much time do you spend thinking about other people’s money?

If you work for a nonprofit in the freedom movement, …

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Philanthropy Horror Stories: Donor Intent Gone Wrong

Philanthropy Horror Stories: Donor Intent Gone Wrong

At DonorsTrust, one of the scariest things we see is when a donor fails to set guidelines around their giving, leading to a steady drift away from the donor’s principles after their death. Let’s celebrate Halloween – and, appropriately, All Saints Day – with a guest post highlighting some terrifying betrayals of donor intent.

Anyone who’s given a ten-year-old …

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Investing in Mobility & Saving the American Dream

Investing in Mobility & Saving the American Dream

As part of our regular series on how to be more strategic in our charitable giving, we’re pleased to present this piece from Gonzalo Schwarz, president of the Archbridge Institute. Archbridge explores the root causes for economic inequality and faltering social mobility and its impact on the American Dream. In this piece, he discusses how donors can support efforts

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Liberty and Environment: Your Giving Can Support Both

Liberty and Environment: Your Giving Can Support Both

Each month, an expert from the liberty movement shares thoughts on how to be more strategic in our charitable giving. This month, Reed Watson, executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center explores why, despite the perception, care for the environment is not at cross purposes with the goals of right-of-center donors.

Earth Day is April 22, but I …

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Donating to Colleges and Universities: A Few Guidelines

Donating to Colleges and Universities: A Few Guidelines

Each month, an expert from the liberty movement will share thoughts on how to be more strategic in our charitable giving. This month, James Piereson, president of the William E. Simon Foundation and a senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute, provides a thoughtful piece on how liberty-minded donors concerned about donor intent can most effectively support programs in higher education.

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The ease and efficiency of donor-advised funds

The ease and efficiency of donor-advised funds

The Spring issue of Philanthropy magazine highlights a panoply of what it dubs “new flavors in philanthropy.”  Those flavors include different giving strategies, tactics, and vehicles for achieving charitable philanthropy that go beyond checkbook giving, foundations, or your traditional charitable organization.

Under the appropriate headline “Giving Made Easy,” Joanne Florino discusses the history and benefits of donor-advised funds.  …

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New research into donor-advised funds speaks to their benefits

New research into donor-advised funds speaks to their benefits

Are donor-advised funds beneficial? Though the benefits of donor-advised accounts to individuals are fairly well known – the tax advantages and just the overall ease – is this funding vehicle helping society overall?

Yes, says the Manhattan Institute’s Howard Husock. His new report, Growth Giving: American Philanthropy and the Potential of Donor-Advised Funds, concludes donor-advised funds play a key …

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