I’ve corresponded with many of our donor-advised fund clients over the past few days. Like me and perhaps like you, they are often sequestered in their homes. Some are older and see some value in laying low. Several are adjusting to their pre-teen “coworkers” running around in their makeshift home office. Others are going wildly stir-crazy. All are frustrated and …read more »
“I’d be interested in recommendations on civil society responses to coronavirus and markets period. What can I best do to help people in need?”
I received that email last week from one of our Novus Society clients. When emergencies pop up, those of a philanthropic spirit (or who are just generally nice people) try to find ways to be helpful.…read more »
In early 2009, the health care issue became a major priority for the new administration. The reforms suggested by both the White House and Congress clearly were not grounded in market-oriented principles, but sought a more expansive role for government in people’s lives.
The think tank community responded accordingly with multiple efforts and strategies to educate the public on these …read more »
Does private charitable giving really matter when it comes to medical and scientific research?
The government already funds so many projects, research institutions, and laboratories – so why would anyone need to give more to these places? Do private dollars even make a difference in regards to medical discovery?
Government Funding or Private Giving?
While it’s true that medical funding …read more »
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 »