Category Archives: Strategic Giving

Coronavirus Philanthropy Ideas for the Strategic Giver

Coronavirus Philanthropy Ideas for the Strategic Giver

“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.…

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Strategic Venture Funds: A Lever for Action

Strategic Venture Funds: A Lever for Action

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 …

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Putting Your DAF to Work: Gifting Appreciated Stock

Putting Your DAF to Work: Gifting Appreciated Stock

Emily wasn’t sure if she had the resources to open a donor-advised fund. She wanted to join DonorsTrust’s Novus Society for younger givers, but setting aside the money to start an account and make gifts seemed tough. But then she remembered that stock….

Nearly two decades ago, she convinced her parents to buy her a few shares of a stock. …

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Why Gerry Gives: To Discover What’s Next

Why Gerry Gives: To Discover What’s Next

In our Client Stories Series, we share how current DonorsTrust clients use a donor-advised fund to fulfill their charitable goals. This month we feature a client who uses his fund to streamline and simplify his giving so that he can focus on finding new organizations out there doing good work. You can read the previous installment featuring Dan Rothschild here

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Philanthropy and Discovery: The Necessity of Private Dollars

Philanthropy and Discovery: The Necessity of Private Dollars

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 …

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Giving Tuesday: The Catch-22 of Philanthropy

Giving Tuesday: The Catch-22 of Philanthropy

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, …

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Simple, Strategic Giving with a Donor-Advised Fund

Simple, Strategic Giving with a Donor-Advised Fund

You may have heard it said that donor-advised funds are the fastest growing charitable giving tool and rapidly becoming the most popular option available.

But why is that? How do they actually work? What does it take to open one? And are they only for millionaires?

Answering Your Questions on Donor-Advised Funds

In this interview with Institute for Justice, …

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Indistractable in Giving: Three Tips for Focus

Indistractable in Giving: Three Tips for Focus

How’s your focus?

Is it a challenge to single-task?

There’s no shame in recognizing it.

We’re all easily distracted.

That’s why so many articles start with crazy-short sentences like this!

That goes for work, for play, for giving…for everything.

If you need proof we can change our hap-hazard ways, look no further than Nir Eyal’s book Indistractable: How to Control

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I Want to Help You Plan Your Legacy for Liberty

I Want to Help You Plan Your Legacy for Liberty

Discussions of Planned Giving can sometimes sound as sterile as a sit-down with your tax advisor or as agonizing as your third root canal – but it really shouldn’t be that way!

When you think deeply about Planned Giving, you’re actually crafting personal answers to the biggest of questions:

“What legacy do I want to leave the world?”

“How can

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