“But I worry about giving up the relationship I have with the groups I support.”
More than a few people express this fear when we are discussing the benefits of a DonorsTrust donor-advised fund. I understand the sentiment. After years of directly supporting certain groups, it feels strange to jump to a more indirect approach.
However, using a donor-advised fund …read more »
Donor-advised funds offer many terrific benefits, but, at the end of the day, DAFs exist to facilitate one goal – making contributions to your favorite charitable causes. Understanding the processes involved in making those grants, both the seen and unseen, allows clients to more easily use their fund to advance their philanthropic goals.
On the surface, the process is simple. …read more »
In 2003, the Castro regime in Cuba threw 75 dissidents into prison and spread the word that those arrested were drug dealers. In truth, they were merely men who dealt in ideas and actions that questioned the ruling values of the socialist government.
Within days, the wives, partners, sisters, and mothers of these men gathered at church. They wore white …read more »
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 …read more »
In 2018, we will continue sharing first-hand stories of how clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. This is Ann Fitzgerald’s story, the fourth installment in our series. You can read the previous article from Peter Flinch here.
How much time do you spend thinking about other people’s money?
If you work for a nonprofit in the …read more »
Each month, an expert from the liberty movement shares thoughts on how we might be more strategic in our charitable giving. This month, Dr. Wolf von Laer of Students for Liberty shares how we can partner with the student organizations fighting for first amendment rights on American campuses.
Organizations that promote the ideas of liberty must embody intellectual honesty. Doing …read more »
As we have previously discussed, donors give for many reasons (you can read about them here and here). Sometimes a donor contributes simply because she knows the organization’s president, or because he merely likes the look of the direct mail package.
Most donors, though, do seek some sort of return on their charitable investment. Of course, the level …read more »
As a continuation of our Expert Giving series, we asked Adam Brandon, the President of FreedomWorks, to frame the current landscape around government regulation and to share his advice on how donors should think about regulatory reform and the different approaches organizations are taking.
In school, we all learned that Congress makes the laws. Even Schoolhouse Rock sang to children …read more »
Colleges and universities may not have been entirely pleased with the recent federal tax overhaul, but they should be quite satisfied with their advancement offices.
America’s higher education institutions are raking in contributions. The Wall Street Journal headline explains it all: Giving to Colleges Jumps 6.3% to Record $43.6 Billion in Fiscal 2017.
Many donors support their alma maters. …read more »
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 …read more »