Category Archives: Donor’s Privacy

Why Robert Gives: Privacy in Charitable Giving

Why Robert Gives: Privacy in Charitable Giving

What role does privacy play in charitable giving? Why does it matter? In this month’s donor profile, Robert Boyd of Virginia shares with us his perspective on his charitable upbringing and why charitable giving should be a private matter. You can read last month’s feature here

What inspires your philanthropy?

It comes from several strands, but mainly family background. …

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Giving Under Attack: How Politicians Threaten Private Giving

Giving Under Attack: How Politicians Threaten Private Giving

Private giving is woven into the fabric of the American story. From a fledgling nation, to the great country we are now, the United States has benefited enormously from contributions made by its citizens to charitable institutions. This giving is a testament to the strength of our national character.

However, this rich philanthropic tradition is threatened by a misunderstanding of …

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Lawson on the Bob Zadek Show: Transparency and Taxes

Lawson on the Bob Zadek Show: Transparency and Taxes

Our CEO, Lawson Bader had the opportunity to return to the Bob Zadek Show, a libertarian radio segment based in Northern California. Lawson discussed DonorsTrust and some of the top policy issues currently facing philanthropists and non-profits, including donor privacy and tax reform.

The concept of private giving has been integral to the Unites States since the Founding. Recently, …

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Free Speech Philanthropy: Supporting Free Exchange

Free Speech Philanthropy: Supporting Free Exchange

Each month, an expert from the liberty movement shares thoughts on how we might be more strategic in our charitable giving. This month, John Miller gives insight into the threats to free speech and how donors can respond through their private philanthropy. 

When I arrived at the University of Michigan as a freshman in the fall of 1988, the administration …

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Political Threats to Donor Privacy Hurt Everyone

Political Threats to Donor Privacy Hurt Everyone

Nineteen Senators recently took to the Senate floor in a coordinated effort to denounce over 30 non-profit public policy “think tanks”. These groups’ crimes? Producing research and policy recommendations that differed from positions taken by those same Senators.

This is not the first time politicians have used political power to challenge or undermine individuals and groups they considered to be …

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Benefits of DAFS: Privacy and being understood

Benefits of DAFS: Privacy and being understood

Give the way you want to give. That should be the goal of any charitable tool. Frankly, it is why many people continue to simply give directly. Over time, though, as one’s giving expands, you may want a tool that will allow you to maintain the emphasis on giving.

We’ve previously discussed the flexibility that donor-advised funds offer to donors …

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Myths Part 3: Misconceptions about the social value of DAFs

Myths Part 3: Misconceptions about the social value of DAFs

The first four misconceptions about donor-advised funds (part one is here and part two is here) related largely to how individuals use donor-advised funds, particularly as compared to other charitable vehicles. Today, we’ll look at two ideas that apply broadly to donor-advised funds and are, sadly, used by some to not just discourage use of this charitable vehicle but …

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