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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.
Indistractable in Giving: Three Tips for Focus

Indistractable in Giving: Three Tips for Focus

How’s your focus?

Is it a challenge to single-task?

There’s no shame in recognizing it.

We’re all easily distracted.

That’s why so many articles start with crazy-short sentences like this!

That goes for work, for play, for giving…for everything.

If you need proof we can change our hap-hazard ways, look no further than Nir Eyal’s book Indistractable: How to Control

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Giving a DAF to the Next Generation

Giving a DAF to the Next Generation

Are your kids ready to handle the weight of carrying out your charitable legacy? Are they ready to create their own?

Several years ago, a study indicated that 78% of high-net-worth individuals believed that the “next generation is not financially responsible enough to handle inheritance.” While I believe those same individuals will develop greater confidence as their children grow and …

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DonorsTrust Clients Speak On Why They Use Us

DonorsTrust Clients Speak On Why They Use Us

DonorsTrust is one of more than 1,000 donor-advised fund providers across the country. We represent a segment of those providers known as “mission-driven” funds, but there are many other types offered by national banks, brokerages, and local community foundations.

The core set of features and benefits are synonymous among all of these organizations. DAFs, as donor-advised funds are often abbreviated, …

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Charitable Solutions Guide: Picking, Saving, Bunching

Charitable Solutions Guide: Picking, Saving, Bunching

The end of the year isn’t the only time to make charitable gifts. In fact, it could be the worst time given that everyone else does it.

Still, whether because of bonuses, holiday cheer, or the intense marketing efforts of charities after Thanksgiving, a preponderance of folks cluster their giving as the year winds down.

Let’s embrace that. And since …

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Youth Sunday Lessons about the Meaning of Community

Youth Sunday Lessons about the Meaning of Community

Church-goers often have strong feelings about the concept of Youth Sunday. Those in the congregation feel a sense of either excitement or trepidation when they arrive at church to discover the youth of the church will lead the service.

We recently held our Youth Sunday.

Put me solidly in the “trepidation” camp. As a Presbyterian (see also “Frozen Chosen”), I …

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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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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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