Category Archives: Philanthropy

Never Too Soon: The Shock that Taught Me about Planned Giving

Never Too Soon: The Shock that Taught Me about Planned Giving

In late 2016, my two year old son P.D. picked up a guide to planned giving that my husband and I had received.

I’d held onto the mailer, because I was in the process of designing a planned giving program for my organization.

I recognized a perfect image: my cute son holding upside down a brochure titled “It’s Never Too …

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Mocking Philanthropic Motives Doesn’t Help Anyone

Mocking Philanthropic Motives Doesn’t Help Anyone

Life does not always mimic Robert Frost. We should define ourselves less by our regret over a road not taken, than by those moments along our journey when we were t-boned.

I recognize that time has a way of blurring memories’ edges, and in some cases, obliterating them. Historians spend lifetimes discerning hyperbole, exaggeration, and mistaken identity from so-called reality.…

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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 …

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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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Giving Under Attack: How Politicians Threaten Private Giving

Giving Under Attack: How Politicians Threaten Private Giving

Private giving is woven into the fabric of the American story. From a fledgling nation, to the great country we are now, the United States has benefited enormously from contributions made by its citizens to charitable institutions. This giving is a testament to the strength of our national character.

However, this rich philanthropic tradition is threatened by a misunderstanding of …

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Assessing Non-Profit Health: What a 990 Can Tell You

Assessing Non-Profit Health: What a 990 Can Tell You

Have you considered a first-time contribution to a non-profit, but felt you should first “check out the numbers” or “do your homework” before making the gift?

DonorsTrust clients often ask us our opinion about groups they are considering supporting. Conducting that due diligence is one of the benefits of working with us.

If you’d ever like to do some simple …

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Philanthropy “Pop-Ups,” Risk-Taking, and the Value of Small Bets

Philanthropy “Pop-Ups,” Risk-Taking, and the Value of Small Bets

This article continues the “Beyond Policy” series. In this segment, Tyler Cowen of the Mercatus Center talks about Mercatus’ newest venture and how it seeks to advance liberty and prosperity through high-risk, high-reward philanthropic endeavors. 

This fall, I launched a new project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University with a different approach to philanthropy. Known as Emergent Ventures

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A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

“I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about ‘em.”

And thus begins the traditional Airing of Grievances at the Festivus celebration, a made-up holiday featured in that great sitcom, Seinfeld.

(If you’re already lost or just want a laugh, check out this one-minute video to appreciate the essence of Festivus and the

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Showing, Not Telling: A Different Approach for Think Tanks

Showing, Not Telling: A Different Approach for Think Tanks

This installment of “Beyond Policy” features Randy Hicks of Georgia Center for Opportunity. In this segment, he shares the ways in which think tanks can supplement policy through advocacy and community engagement to create lasting change. you can read the previous segment of this series here

“Show, don’t tell” is a basic maxim of good writing.

Wordsmiths should allow …

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