Category Archives: Philanthropy

“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

Being firmly committed to a set of principles carries a major risk, namely that those who take an opposing view will also oppose you.

DonorsTrust is built on a set of principles anchored around donor intent and the ideals of liberty. Sadly, this means we have critics and detractors. That’s ok. Contrary to the sheltered perspective of certain loud voices, …

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Saving Our Bacon: The Value of Think Tanks & Their Donors

Saving Our Bacon: The Value of Think Tanks & Their Donors

The Allusionist podcast, a great program exploring the hidden side of language, recently aired an episode called “Zillions.” It looked at the frequent use of non-exact counting words like zillion, umpteen, and bajillion. You and I often speak these words when referring to numbers so large it is hard to get our head around them.

Turns out humans have …

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Keeping Donor Intent by Knowing Your Mission

Keeping Donor Intent by Knowing Your Mission

What is the best way to ensure your donor intent is honored?

A new video from the Philanthropy Roundtable suggests that the critical first step is to craft a mission statement for your philanthropy. If you haven’t clearly defined the focus of your giving, how can you expect others to follow through?

The Case for Crafting a Mission

To avoid …

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Will to Give: Americans Plan To Give More This Year

Will to Give: Americans Plan To Give More This Year

Chronicles of Philanthropy reported recently on the 2017 Burk Donor Survey, an annual study of the state of giving in America. It showed nearly a third of Americans plan to increase their giving in 2017.

The more significant finding to me, though is that just over half of Millennials intend to up their giving this year. In fact, 69% …

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Donor Intent Plinko Shows the Challenge of Legacy Security

Donor Intent Plinko Shows the Challenge of Legacy Security

Do you remember Plinko from the Price is Right? Other than spinning the Big Wheel, Plinko was the game I always wanted to play if Bob Barker ever invited me to “come on down.”

If you’re having trouble remembering, imagine a large board with wooden dowels scattered throughout. At the top are a series of openings. At the bottom are …

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Charity Beyond 2016: Will a New President Change Giving?

Charity Beyond 2016: Will a New President Change Giving?

The three presidential debates this year featured plenty of discussion about charitable activities (or, more accurately, the questions surrounding those activities). Absent, however, was any discussion of how charitable donors across the country will fare should either candidate win and manage to pass his or her respective tax policies.

Carol Kroch, managing director of wealth and philanthropic planning at Wilmington …

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DonorsTrust’s New CEO

DonorsTrust’s New CEO

DonorsTrust is happy to announce Lawson Bader as the new CEO for DonorsTrust.

When he takes the helm at DonorsTrust in November, Lawson will have concluded three years as president and CEO at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a DC-based think tank that promotes freedom and limited government across a wide range of policy issues. Lawson succeeded CEI’s founder and managed …

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