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Peter Lipsett

About Peter Lipsett

Peter Lipsett is vice president at DonorsTrust. He also leads DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of donors under 40 committed to growing their philanthropic know-how. He has a dual degree in political science and theater from Davidson College and finally got a practical credential with an MBA from George Mason University.
Safe for Conservative Givers? DAFs and Donor Intent

Safe for Conservative Givers? DAFs and Donor Intent

Maggie knew she wanted a donor-advised fund to help manage her charitable giving. She also knew she wanted one that matched her conservative principles.

Thoughtful givers like Maggie don’t simply think about how they will give, or even just about why they give. A thoughtful giver wants purpose and means to intersect. In doing so, her giving has more power.…

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Why George & Marilyn Give: A History of Promoting Liberty

Why George & Marilyn Give: A History of Promoting Liberty

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 …

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Build Charitable Habits with Help from Underpants Gnomes

Build Charitable Habits with Help from Underpants Gnomes

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 …

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A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

“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

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The Rich-Only Myth: DAFs as a Tool for All

The Rich-Only Myth: DAFs as a Tool for All

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 – …

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Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

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 …

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