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Supporting International Groups Through DonorsTrust

Supporting International Groups Through DonorsTrust

A global recession aside, the U.S. is the world’s most prosperous country. It also is a place where general notions of personal and economic liberty are ingrained in its DNA. While its practices do not always meet expectations, it remains a beacon for the ideas of personal responsibility, free association, and free enterprise.

The U.S. also has a broad network …

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Reflecting on 2019 to Bring Hope to Today

Reflecting on 2019 to Bring Hope to Today

It’s an interesting process to reflect on last year amidst this current season of trials. However, it’s true that hard times put the past into perspective.

While the coronavirus makes 2020’s prospects unclear, the lessons 2019 taught us bring renewed hope to the principles we hold dear.

Our 2019 Progress Report highlights why we are able to remain optimistic. In …

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Moving From Crisis to Prosperity Is Our Responsibility

Moving From Crisis to Prosperity Is Our Responsibility

The fundamental economic concepts of trade-offs and opportunity costs have been on trial for several weeks. Sadly, our elected officials have found them wanting.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus created a health crisis. Federal and state governments’ reactions to this challenge, however, precipitated an economic and financial crisis that will linger past any recovery from or stabilization of the …

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DonorsTrust Clients Speak On Why They Use Us

DonorsTrust Clients Speak On Why They Use Us

DonorsTrust is one of more than 1,000 donor-advised fund providers across the country. We represent a segment of those providers known as “mission-driven” funds, but there are many other types offered by national banks, brokerages, and local community foundations.

The core set of features and benefits are synonymous among all of these organizations. DAFs, as donor-advised funds are often abbreviated, …

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Growing the Community: DonorsTrust 2018 Progress Report

Growing the Community: DonorsTrust 2018 Progress Report

Too often, free-market organizations fall into the trap of highlighting numbers rather than the humans behind the numbers when discussing their work.

Yet that human factor is what ultimately drives all meaningful change. Strong social entrepreneurs build institutions that help people reach their full potential, be it through relieving immediate needs, solving vexing health challenges, creating beauty and culture or …

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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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