This is George and Marilyn’s story, the sixth installment in our Client Stories series which shares how our clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. You can read the previous article from Denise Weaver.
George Pearson and his wife, Marilyn, have been part of the DonorsTrust family for more than a decade. As happens so often, a …read more »
What is the bulwark against future generations doing things with your money you’d despise?
Integrity and planning.
We often talk of the importance of donor intent in this space. Ensuring the preservation of liberty minded donors is, after all, central to our founding story.
Protecting that intent is a two-way street. Actually, that’s not quite right. It’s a bit …read more »
This year, you will become a philanthropist.
I know it is possible, and you and the world will be better off because of it. And to get there, let’s follow a well-documented scientific theory: the Inverted Underpants Gnome Strategy.
Before we outline that strategy, though, let’s talk about habits. The idea of upping our charitable giving – or making any …read more »
“I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about ‘em.”
And thus begins the traditional Airing of Grievances at the Festivus celebration, a made-up holiday featured in that great sitcom, Seinfeld.
(If you’re already lost or just want a laugh, check out this one-minute video to appreciate the essence of Festivus and the …read more »
Shrek was a breakout hit in 2001. As I often am with movies, I came late to the Shrek party, having watched it for the first time just the other day with my two little girls. (Spoilers ahead, but you’ve probably seen it already).
You probably watched it in a more timely fashion, and so remember the story: An ornery …read more »
How do you get started with charitable giving?
No matter how much you give away, we all want our charitable dollars to mean something. Young givers place a premium on knowing their giving has an impact. When we don’t see an easy way to measure that impact, too often we punt on making a decision.
At a recent salon dinner …read more »
Is a donor-advised fund right for you? How does it work? What are the differences between all the types of donor-advised funds?
These are some of the common questions we addressed on a recent webinar done in partnership with Family Business Magazine. You can sign up to watch the full event here, and I hope you will.
We …read more »
When I first visited the Stephenson’s home outside of San Francisco, I thought I had the wrong house. After circling the block and returning to the same modest house that supposedly belonged to a long-time, not-insignificant client, I realized something.
The house was right. My mindset was wrong.
Donor-advised funds often get cited as a tool for the wealthy – …read more »
Should you give to charity even if you aren’t rich?
A recent article by Camilo Maldonado in Forbes posits that just because one isn’t among the super-rich – or perhaps not even fully established in a career and financial life – one can still be charitable with one’s dollars and time.
Let’s go straight to what I consider one of …read more »
“But I worry about giving up the relationship I have with the groups I support.”
More than a few people express this fear when we are discussing the benefits of a DonorsTrust donor-advised fund. I understand the sentiment. After years of directly supporting certain groups, it feels strange to jump to a more indirect approach.
However, using a donor-advised fund …read more »