Category Archives: Novus Society

How Dan Gives: From Grantee to Donor

How Dan Gives: From Grantee to Donor

In our Client Stories Series, we share how current DonorsTrust clients use us to advance their charitable goals. This month we feature a member of our Novus Society – a program created to help younger professionals start early and think strategically about their giving. You can read the previous feature about Susan and her account here.

Dan Rothschild is …

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Giving Tuesday: The Catch-22 of Philanthropy

Giving Tuesday: The Catch-22 of Philanthropy

Every year I dread the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – the day now known as Giving Tuesday.

It’s not that I don’t want to support deserving organizations. Rather, it’s that my inbox and social media feeds are inundated with pleas for assistance. Family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances apply pressure. I’m overwhelmed by the deluge of requests and, more often than not, …

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Indistractable in Giving: Three Tips for Focus

Indistractable in Giving: Three Tips for Focus

How’s your focus?

Is it a challenge to single-task?

There’s no shame in recognizing it.

We’re all easily distracted.

That’s why so many articles start with crazy-short sentences like this!

That goes for work, for play, for giving…for everything.

If you need proof we can change our hap-hazard ways, look no further than Nir Eyal’s book Indistractable: How to Control

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Private Giving Lessons from David Koch’s Legacy

Private Giving Lessons from David Koch’s Legacy

Tremendous amounts of ink have been spilled over the recent passing of David Koch.

Writers have expressed quite a range of emotion – he has been deified and vilified. But, love him or not, it is undeniable that he believed in the power of private philanthropy. He gave generously to libraries, the arts, public policy organizations, and hospitals. He started …

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Youth Sunday Lessons about the Meaning of Community

Youth Sunday Lessons about the Meaning of Community

Church-goers often have strong feelings about the concept of Youth Sunday. Those in the congregation feel a sense of either excitement or trepidation when they arrive at church to discover the youth of the church will lead the service.

We recently held our Youth Sunday.

Put me solidly in the “trepidation” camp. As a Presbyterian (see also “Frozen Chosen”), I …

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Strengthening Our Communities With Free Market Philanthropy

Strengthening Our Communities With Free Market Philanthropy

Without government intervention, who will help those in need? Will our communities suffer? This installment of our “Beyond Policy” series by Megan Rose of Better Together highlights the organizations that promote human flourishing through community driven programs and initiatives. You can read the previous segment of this series here

Does it seem as if our society has lost some of …

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Why Melanie Gives: Thinking Like a Giver

Why Melanie Gives: Thinking Like a Giver

Is filling the needs in our communities enough? How can we increase or charitable impact? In this month’s donor feature, Melanie Hildreth a Novus Society member shares with us how her thinking around charitable giving has shifted by using a donor-advised fund. You can read last month’s feature here

I joined the Novus Society because they asked me. I have …

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Opportunity for Women with the Freedom Movement

Opportunity for Women with the Freedom Movement

We regularly share insights from an expert in the liberty movement on how we might be more strategic in our charitable giving. In this segment, Carrie Lukas, President of Independent Women’s Forum, offers commentary on the circumstances of conservative women today and advice for those seeking to champion women in a principled, pro-liberty way. 

The freedom movement works to spread opportunity and …

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Build Charitable Habits with Help from Underpants Gnomes

Build Charitable Habits with Help from Underpants Gnomes

This year, you will become a philanthropist.

I know it is possible, and you and the world will be better off because of it. And to get there, let’s follow a well-documented scientific theory: the Inverted Underpants Gnome Strategy.

Before we outline that strategy, though, let’s talk about habits. The idea of upping our charitable giving – or making any …

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