I recently had drinks with a friend that works in the State Department. She was brought up to believe in conservative values and carried those with her through her life and into her position. Now, after 12+ years of working in government, the principled choice isn’t always quite so clear – and doesn’t always seem to align with her desire …read more »
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 …read more »
DonorsTrust argued before the United States Supreme Court earlier this week. We also are engaged in a lawsuit with Harvard University over admission policies that discriminate against Asian-Americans. Let’s not forget we help produce educational materials about the importance of property rights, expressed concern over the uncivil tone that flows through today’s electorate, and we interviewed and recommended 30 people …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 »
What if you would like to benefit charity, but because you need the income stream they provide you aren’t comfortable parting with your assets? Two charitable techniques are available that may meet your needs. One is a charitable gift annuity (CGA). The second is a charitable remainder trust (CRT). This post discusses Charitable gift annuities; check back next month for …read more »
I’m a sucker for jelly beans. Not just any jelly beans, mind you, but for the specific brand Jelly Belly. Throw in black licorice and you have a friend for life. I’ve a colleague who is kind enough to keep a large (and I mean large) jar of such delectables on her desk that is available for “the public good.”…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?
We …read more »
This month’s installment of “Beyond Policy” features Helen Straight of Passing Lane Films. In this segment, she shares the ways in which various groups are using film in innovative and artistic ways to tell the compelling stories of liberty. You can learn how to support these groups in our Expert Giving post by Patrick Reasonover.
A funny thing happened on …read more »
An accurate, albeit overused phrase is “to wipe the slate clean”. While perhaps outdated in its technology (what 25-year-old has ever experienced a classroom ‘slate’?), the reference to starting over again is clear.
I’m sympathetic to the notions of grace, forgiveness, success and failure that provide the basis for the philosophical concept of starting over (again). But, let’s be honest, …read more »