Category Archives: DonorsTrust News

Aiding the Miracle: Two Reasons Why Giving Matters

Aiding the Miracle: Two Reasons Why Giving Matters

Last week, DonorsTrust sponsored the Ricochet Podcast Summit held at the American Enterprise Institute’s beautiful building in downtown Washington, DC. The event showcased thirteen podcasts from the Ricochet network.

I had the privilege of introducing Jonah Goldberg and, in the process, saying few words about DonorsTrust. I used the opportunity – and the excellent segue of the themes Jonah …

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Always Making Progress for Liberty

Always Making Progress for Liberty

DonorsTrust exists to ensure a steady flow of philanthropic capital into the liberty movement as well as to the myriad of organizations bringing private solutions to bear on social problems. Some progressives view is as nefarious, even as they aggressively seek to expand their network of similar institutions. We – and our clients – merely view the DonorsTrust model as …

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State of DonorsTrust: Growing To Serve the Liberty Community

State of DonorsTrust: Growing To Serve the Liberty Community

The genesis for creating DonorsTrust nearly twenty years ago was the preservation of donor intent.

This was not, however, grounded in blind devotion to the belief that any donor’s intent was to be maintained. Instead, DonorsTrust would safeguard the donor who saw private markets, free exchange, and increased personal responsibility as the keys to progress.

Most importantly, such protection could …

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“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

Being firmly committed to a set of principles carries a major risk, namely that those who take an opposing view will also oppose you.

DonorsTrust is built on a set of principles anchored around donor intent and the ideals of liberty. Sadly, this means we have critics and detractors. That’s ok. Contrary to the sheltered perspective of certain loud voices, …

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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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Repelling Watchful Dragons: Finding Good in Trying Times

Repelling Watchful Dragons: Finding Good in Trying Times

I don’t think it’s something in the water. But August lacks the quiet vibe of previous years, when life in a traffic-less and politician-free Washington, D.C. habitually slows its pace.

The post-election national angst playing out across airwaves, social media, dinner tables, pulpits, and street corners seemingly exploded this past week with the events in Charlottesville. Living inside the Beltway …

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Progress For Liberty in 2016

Progress For Liberty in 2016

At DonorsTrust, we aim to increase the contributions flowing into liberty-advancing non-profits. In 2016, we achieved that with our clients recommending more than $120 million in grants to nearly 600 organizations.

Those are some of the facts and figures we share in our latest Progress Report, which you can download here.

Last year’s grants  lifted us past $900 million …

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Power of Philanthropy Shines Through in New Almanac

Power of Philanthropy Shines Through in New Almanac

Last week, a weighty box arrived in my office. I was immediately excited. Inside, I knew, was my own copy of the new Almanac of American Philanthropy, authored by Karl Zinsmeister and published by the Philanthropy Roundtable.

The Almanac runs just over 1,300 gold-leaf pages that are filled with the stories of the charitable forces that have shaped America. …

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DonorsTrust’s New CEO

DonorsTrust’s New CEO

DonorsTrust is happy to announce Lawson Bader as the new CEO for DonorsTrust.

When he takes the helm at DonorsTrust in November, Lawson will have concluded three years as president and CEO at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a DC-based think tank that promotes freedom and limited government across a wide range of policy issues. Lawson succeeded CEI’s founder and managed …

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