In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson unleashed the power of American philanthropy, though perhaps not in the way he intended.
Jefferson may have been brilliant in penning the mission statement for the United States (…life, liberty and pursuit of happiness…) but he was still a politician and acted as such.
The Founding Father did not like the trustees …read more »
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, …read more »
Are your kids ready to handle the weight of carrying out your charitable legacy? Are they ready to create their own?
Several years ago, a study indicated that 78% of high-net-worth individuals believed that the “next generation is not financially responsible enough to handle inheritance.” While I believe those same individuals will develop greater confidence as their children grow and …read more »
The end of the year isn’t the only time to make charitable gifts. In fact, it could be the worst time given that everyone else does it.
Still, whether because of bonuses, holiday cheer, or the intense marketing efforts of charities after Thanksgiving, a preponderance of folks cluster their giving as the year winds down.
Let’s embrace that. And since …read more »
Parenting is full of challenges. It’s a constant push and pull. I’ve recently discovered that, at least with gardening and charitable giving, a mom’s push is the right way to go.
A big concern is how to instill in our children a sincere sense of gratitude. But I’ll begin with a story about an immediate challenge I recently had – …read more »
…The way is clear,
The light is good,
I have no fear,
No, no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.
No need to be afraid there…
Stephen Sondheim’s iconic “Into the Woods” is the stuff of Broadway legend. And with good reason. Its lyrical genius originates from revealing the dark side of popular fairy …read more »
Our Client Stories series continues with Bill and Sarah Walton. In a recent interview, they shared how having a donor-advised account with DonorsTrust allows them to support the causes within the community of liberty that they care about. You can read last month’s installment featuring Sue Scharf here.
Bill and Sarah Walton have been with DonorsTrust since 2014. Bill …read more »
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 …read more »
There is talk these days about tribalism and its negative
impact on society. The discussion occurs more frequently within the context of
the public square, specifically the perceived deleterious effect on the “public
Certainly, we all could use a reminder that the most important part of “civil society” is being civil.
That being said, humans are complex. We …read more »
Recently, I reflected on exactly what I’ve learned over the course of the last year and a half working at DonorsTrust. As a career fundraiser, I noticed in my reflections that I kept going back to how little fundraisers really understand donor advised funds (DAFs).
This isn’t meant as a slight. I was in the same boat before moving to …read more »