Category Archives: Strategic Giving

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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Innovation or Tradition? Different Approaches to Giving

Innovation or Tradition? Different Approaches to Giving

My holiday dinners with extended family thankfully lack the stereotypical drama that seems to spawn so many think pieces and Facebook rants about surviving conversations with “unenlightened” relatives. We’re a mild-mannered, respectful bunch, even though we represent the full rainbow of the political spectrum.

This Christmas, though, things got tense over an unlikely subject – that classic song “Baby It’s …

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Common End-of-Year Questions We Hear at DonorsTrust

Common End-of-Year Questions We Hear at DonorsTrust

While we don’t get many inquiries about last minute gift ideas (you’re on your own for that!), we do receive a diverse range of questions at the end of the year. As you can guess, many people focus their charitable giving as the calendar winds down towards December 31. Below, I’ve listed several of the common questions we at DonorsTrust …

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Year-End Giving Considerations

Year-End Giving Considerations

We have just flipped the calendar to December. That prompts many of us to ponder our year-end charitable giving.

Some people dash off checks to the same organizations year after year, presumably after giving a bit of thought to the list and making sure their opinions of those groups remain the same.

Others survey the landscape of groups doing good …

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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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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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Donating Bitcoin and Other Convertible Virtual Currency

Donating Bitcoin and Other Convertible Virtual Currency

By now, pretty much everyone is familiar with the virtual currency phenomena, especially Bitcoin. Bitcoin (as well as other virtual currencies) is well on its way to general acceptance. But, as is the case with every new financial concept, the tax treatment of virtual currency is still far from certain.

This uncertainty is glaringly evident in the case of virtual …

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