In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson unleashed the power of American philanthropy, though perhaps not in the way he intended.
Jefferson may have been brilliant in penning the mission statement for the United States (…life, liberty and pursuit of happiness…) but he was still a politician and acted as such.
The Founding Father did not like the trustees …read more »
Discussions of Planned Giving can sometimes sound as sterile as a sit-down with your tax advisor or as agonizing as your third root canal – but it really shouldn’t be that way!
When you think deeply about Planned Giving, you’re actually crafting personal answers to the biggest of questions:
“What legacy do I want to leave the world?”
“How can …read more »
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.…read more »
Will a conservative (or, as you might variously describe it, right-of-center, libertarian, or right-wing) organization always keep its rightward orientation?
O’Sullivan’s Law suggests that without a firm mooring, it will easily lose its way. O’Sullivan’s Law, a product of British journalist and former Margaret Thatcher aide John O’Sullivan, states that any organization that is not explicitly right-wing will drift to …read more »
As we have previously discussed, donors give for many reasons (you can read about them here and here). Sometimes a donor contributes simply because she knows the organization’s president, or because he merely likes the look of the direct mail package.
Most donors, though, do seek some sort of return on their charitable investment. Of course, the level …read more »
We have just flipped the calendar to December. That prompts many of us to ponder our year-end charitable giving.
Some people dash off checks to the same organizations year after year, presumably after giving a bit of thought to the list and making sure their opinions of those groups remain the same.
Others survey the landscape of groups doing good …read more »
At DonorsTrust, one of the scariest things we see is when a donor fails to set guidelines around their giving, leading to a steady drift away from the donor’s principles after their death. Let’s celebrate Halloween – and, appropriately, All Saints Day – with a guest post highlighting some terrifying betrayals of donor intent.
Anyone who’s given a ten-year-old …read more »
What is the best way to ensure your donor intent is honored?
A new video from the Philanthropy Roundtable suggests that the critical first step is to craft a mission statement for your philanthropy. If you haven’t clearly defined the focus of your giving, how can you expect others to follow through?
The Case for Crafting a Mission
To avoid …read more »
Is the influence of conservative philanthropists overblown (particularly among right-leaning policy-focused foundations)? Howard Husock, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, suggests that the narrative of conservative foundations being bigger and more numerous than those on the left doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Husock notes in a piece in the April issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy (“Conservative Foundations’ ‘Win …read more »