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Why Melanie Gives: Thinking Like a Giver

Why Melanie Gives: Thinking Like a Giver

Is filling the needs in our communities enough? How can we increase or charitable impact? In this month’s donor feature, Melanie Hildreth a Novus Society member shares with us how her thinking around charitable giving has shifted by using a donor-advised fund. You can read last month’s feature here

I joined the Novus Society because they asked me. I …

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Why Robert Gives: Privacy in Charitable Giving

Why Robert Gives: Privacy in Charitable Giving

What role does privacy play in charitable giving? Why does it matter? In this month’s donor profile, Robert Boyd of Virginia shares with us his perspective on his charitable upbringing and why charitable giving should be a private matter. You can read last month’s feature here

What inspires your philanthropy?

It comes from several strands, but mainly family background. …

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Growing the Community: DonorsTrust 2018 Progress Report

Growing the Community: DonorsTrust 2018 Progress Report

Too often, free-market organizations fall into the trap of highlighting numbers rather than the humans behind the numbers when discussing their work.

Yet that human factor is what ultimately drives all meaningful change. Strong social entrepreneurs build institutions that help people reach their full potential, be it through relieving immediate needs, solving vexing health challenges, creating beauty and culture or …

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Why John Gives: DAF Tax Strategies for Different Life Phases

Why John Gives: DAF Tax Strategies for Different Life Phases

This is latest installment in our Client Stories, a blog series that shares how our clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways to achieve their philanthropic goals. You can read the previous article from George and Marilyn Pearson here.

A client for over a decade, John spent many years in a major U.S. city’s tax and accounting …

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Assessing Non-Profit Health: What a 990 Can Tell You

Assessing Non-Profit Health: What a 990 Can Tell You

Have you considered a first-time contribution to a non-profit, but felt you should first “check out the numbers” or “do your homework” before making the gift?

DonorsTrust clients often ask us our opinion about groups they are considering supporting. Conducting that due diligence is one of the benefits of working with us.

If you’d ever like to do some simple …

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Philanthropy “Pop-Ups,” Risk-Taking, and the Value of Small Bets

Philanthropy “Pop-Ups,” Risk-Taking, and the Value of Small Bets

This article continues the “Beyond Policy” series. In this segment, Tyler Cowen of the Mercatus Center talks about Mercatus’ newest venture and how it seeks to advance liberty and prosperity through high-risk, high-reward philanthropic endeavors. 

This fall, I launched a new project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University with a different approach to philanthropy. Known as Emergent Ventures

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Why Denise Gives: Getting Started

Why Denise Gives: Getting Started

This is Denise Weaver’s story, the fifth installment in our Client Stories series which shares how different clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. You can read the previous article from Ann Fitzgerald here.

Let’s talk about money.

Good friends know I’m always delighted to talk about how to maximize a personal budget or how to use …

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Showing, Not Telling: A Different Approach for Think Tanks

Showing, Not Telling: A Different Approach for Think Tanks

This installment of “Beyond Policy” features Randy Hicks of Georgia Center for Opportunity. In this segment, he shares the ways in which think tanks can supplement policy through advocacy and community engagement to create lasting change. you can read the previous segment of this series here

“Show, don’t tell” is a basic maxim of good writing.

Wordsmiths should allow …

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Engaging Millennials for Liberty

Engaging Millennials for Liberty

This month’s installment of “Beyond Policy” highlights groups working to build community for liberty-loving Millennials written by Cindy Cerquitella of America’s Future Foundation. You can find the previous segment of this series by Helen Straight here.

I recently had drinks with a friend that works in the State Department. She was brought up to believe in conservative values and …

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Effective Veterans Philanthropy: A Case Study

Effective Veterans Philanthropy: A Case Study

In honor of Veterans’ Day, we are sharing a chapter from the Philanthropy Roundtable’s excellent resource on supporting charitable giving to veteran-supporting efforts, Uniform Champions: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Excellent Assistance for Veterans by Thomas Meyer. This section explores the effort of the non-profit CODE to overcome initial failure and better measure its efforts to find meaningful work for

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