Category Archives: Liberty Movement

Year-End Giving Considerations

Year-End Giving Considerations

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 …

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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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Why Peter Gives: A Chance Encounter with DonorsTrust

Why Peter Gives: A Chance Encounter with DonorsTrust

This year, we have been sharing first-hand stories of how clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. Here is Peter Flinch’s story, the third installment in our series. You can read the previous article from Frayda Levy here.

At 50 in 1992, I was laid-off from corporate, middle management into a new life as a “premature, early …

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Outside the Office: The Value of Community

Outside the Office: The Value of Community

I write this at a cruising altitude of 34,000 feet. It’s a familiar and, dare I say, comforting spot. Complaints today about the U.S. airline industry specifically and air travel in general run rampant – overcrowded flights, intrusive security, long lines, lost luggage, frustrated parents (and kids!). I get that.

By the time the twelve months of 2017 wrap up, …

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Liberty’s Human Element Needs to Show Through

Liberty’s Human Element Needs to Show Through

This morning’s CNN banner didn’t mince words: “President Cuts Aid to Poor People.”

Policy decisions are made every day by those in government. Regardless of the nuance and reasons behind that particular policy decision, this headline likely wasn’t the public relations goal the White House wanted. Yet it shouldn’t be a surprise.

Conservatives and libertarians often get tarred with a …

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Giving Your Time: Serving on a Non-Profit Board

Giving Your Time: Serving on a Non-Profit Board

To continue our Expert Giving series, we asked our very own CEO, Lawson Bader, to share his advice on how donors can give of their time by serving on non-profit boards and what that entails. Lawson is currently serving on the board of directors at State Policy Network, Atlas Network, and DonorsTrust. 

I need to lodge a formal complaint. I …

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Developing Liberty’s Next Generation

Developing Liberty’s Next Generation

We regularly invite outside experts to offer you and other donors advice on how to approach certain philanthropic arenas. This month, Roger Ream, the president of The Fund for American Studies and the Foundation for Teaching Economics shares his experiences with the different student oriented liberty groups and raises some questions donors should ask themselves when deciding what organization to

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Responding to Harvey with Sound Philanthropy

Responding to Harvey with Sound Philanthropy

Private philanthropy stitches together our social fabric. We have a unique American instinct to give to those in need, to support ideas with our dollars, and to privately fund the needs of our communities.

Those of us beyond the reach of Hurricane Harvey’s spinning arms have watched with horror as the rains pour down. It’s hard to watch images of …

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Learning to Fly in Philanthropy: Novus Society’s Long Game

Learning to Fly in Philanthropy: Novus Society’s Long Game

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight at Kitty Hawk only lasted 12 seconds. Orville, piloting the new flying machine, traveled all of 120 ft.

As I write this, I’m on a plane travelling more than 300 miles through the air 30,000 feet above the Earth, on plane that offers me wi-fi, a full food and beverage menu, and satellite TV …

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