Category Archives: Philanthropy

Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Should you give to charity even if you aren’t rich?

A recent article by Camilo Maldonado in Forbes posits that just because one isn’t among the super-rich – or perhaps not even fully established in a career and financial life – one can still be charitable with one’s dollars and time.

Let’s go straight to what I consider one of …

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Americans Gave More than Ever in 2017

Americans Gave More than Ever in 2017

Good news! Giving USA’s annual survey of charitable giving in America reports that overall contributions by Americans in 2017 increased by an inflation-adjusted 3%. Individuals, foundations, and corporations donated more than $400 billion into the non-profit sector, the most ever.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers a nice synopsis of the survey’s findings, as well as an interesting perspective (and …

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Tax Deductions Aren’t the Reason People Give

Tax Deductions Aren’t the Reason People Give

How will the recent tax bill change the way people give?

Not much, suggests DonorsTrust’s Peter Lipsett in a new op-ed.

This isn’t to say the tax bill will have no effect. Numerous articles discuss the number of itemizing taxpayers will sharply decrease as a result of the changes to the standard deduction. There is every reason to expect …

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Lessons in Collaboration from the Top of a Volcano

Lessons in Collaboration from the Top of a Volcano

I climbed a volcano last week. Let’s face it, you’ve probably done something similar, considering most mountains are merely ex-volcanos, or were birthed through volcanic activity. So “climbing a volcano” is not necessarily a big deal.

Except this particular volcano was alive. Not Mt. St. Helens alive, mind you, but it was hard not to miss the consistent spout of …

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Finding New Groups to Support with Your Charitable Dollars

Finding New Groups to Support with Your Charitable Dollars

With more than one million registered charities in the United States alone, how do you decide what to support?

So much of this goes back to your giving strategy. Once you have that strategy, the organizations you pick serve as the means to achieve your broader goals.

Because of that, you need to pick wisely.

If one of your …

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Philanthropy Horror Stories: Donor Intent Gone Wrong

Philanthropy Horror Stories: Donor Intent Gone Wrong

At DonorsTrust, one of the scariest things we see is when a donor fails to set guidelines around their giving, leading to a steady drift away from the donor’s principles after their death. Let’s celebrate Halloween – and, appropriately, All Saints Day – with a guest post highlighting some terrifying betrayals of donor intent.

Anyone who’s given a ten-year-old …

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Outside the Office: The Value of Community

Outside the Office: The Value of Community

I write this at a cruising altitude of 34,000 feet. It’s a familiar and, dare I say, comforting spot. Complaints today about the U.S. airline industry specifically and air travel in general run rampant – overcrowded flights, intrusive security, long lines, lost luggage, frustrated parents (and kids!). I get that.

By the time the twelve months of 2017 wrap up, …

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Transactional to Transformational: Better Giving Experiences

Transactional to Transformational: Better Giving Experiences

When donors are committed to an organization’s solution to improve the world, they often give on with their dollars what they cannot give with their time.

In return, the organization’s staff puts in the time, thus leveraging donor dollars toward those solutions.

Sometimes, though, donors DO need to give of their time. Likewise, it’s ok for an organization to use …

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Giving Your Time: Serving on a Non-Profit Board

Giving Your Time: Serving on a Non-Profit Board

To continue our Expert Giving series, we asked our very own CEO, Lawson Bader, to share his advice on how donors can give of their time by serving on non-profit boards and what that entails. Lawson is currently serving on the board of directors at State Policy Network, Atlas Network, and DonorsTrust. 

I need to lodge a formal complaint. I …

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