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DonorsTrust was established as a 501(c)(3) public charity to ensure the intent of donors who are dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.
Supporting Liberty-Minded Journalism

Supporting Liberty-Minded Journalism

Each month, an expert from the liberty movement will share thoughts on how to be more strategic in our charitable giving. This month, National Review’s roving correspondent Kevin Williamson offers thoughts on how donors can think about investing in journalism programs that actually encourage liberty-minded thinking.

 

I have, over the years, talked a great many people out of investing …

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Factoring in Talent to Your Philanthropy

Factoring in Talent to Your Philanthropy

Each month, an expert from the liberty movement will share thoughts on how to be more strategic in our charitable giving.  This month, talent expert Claire Kittle Dixon, executive director of TalentMarket, discusses how donors can weigh talent and leadership into their support for an organization.


If you ask a free-market nonprofit leader what his two biggest constraints …

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Benefits of DAFs: The Tax-Advantaged Way to Give

Benefits of DAFs: The Tax-Advantaged Way to Give

What if you could enjoy many of a private foundation’s benefits for how you manage your philanthropy, but with even better tax benefits? What if you could establish a single planned giving tool, but have it benefit multiple organizations – and then make changes without involving a lawyer?

While the ease-of-use and flexibility of donor-advised funds make using them very …

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Benefits of DAFs: An Easier Way to Give

Benefits of DAFs: An Easier Way to Give

Charitable giving is meant to be a pleasure, not a slog. Writing a few checks a year to your favored groups isn’t difficult to manage. Yet, as the number of organizations you support increases, when bigger gifts require due diligence, or when your own desire to be more strategic with your charitable portfolio increases, “checkbook giving” becomes a burden.

Some …

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Myths Part 3: Misconceptions about the social value of DAFs

Myths Part 3: Misconceptions about the social value of DAFs

The first four misconceptions about donor-advised funds (part one is here and part two is here) related largely to how individuals use donor-advised funds, particularly as compared to other charitable vehicles. Today, we’ll look at two ideas that apply broadly to donor-advised funds and are, sadly, used by some to not just discourage use of this charitable vehicle but …

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Myths Part 2: Misconceptions about flexibility and control

Myths Part 2: Misconceptions about flexibility and control

Last week, we looked at the first two of our six misconceptions about donor-advised funds. Today we’ll explore two more misconceptions, these related to flexibility and control.  Next week, we’ll look at two final myths related to the efficacy and value of donor-advised funds.

#3 – Donor-advised funds lack the flexibility of a foundation

It is certainly true that there …

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Myths and Misconceptions about Donor-Advised Funds – Part 1

Myths and Misconceptions about Donor-Advised Funds – Part 1

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) continue to be one of the country’s fastest growing giving vehicles. Donors using DAFs find the accounts lead to more strategic charitable giving, while still allowing them to maximize tax deductions. Yet while DAF use may be increasing quickly, many donors still don’t understand how DAF accounts function, and some fall prey to the many misconceptions surrounding …

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DonorsTrust’s New CEO

DonorsTrust’s New CEO

DonorsTrust is happy to announce Lawson Bader as the new CEO for DonorsTrust.

When he takes the helm at DonorsTrust in November, Lawson will have concluded three years as president and CEO at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a DC-based think tank that promotes freedom and limited government across a wide range of policy issues. Lawson succeeded CEI’s founder and managed …

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Know the “how” in addition to the “what” of donor intent

Know the “how” in addition to the “what” of donor intent

Many donors have a sense, even if just in their gut, of the causes and specific charities they want their philanthropic dollars to fund. All of that is meaningless, though, if they can’t be confident that those wishes will be carried out.

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal highlights the difficulties of carrying out donor intent. In “Staying

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