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 »
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 …read more »
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 …read more »
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 …read more »
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 …read more »
Giving cash is often the simplest way to make a charitable contribution. When I say cash, I include writing a check, paying with a credit card, and literal paper currency.
While these are easy ways to make the gift, they are not always the most optimal – for you or for the receiving charity. If you have several charities you …read more »
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 …read more »
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 …read more »
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 …read more »
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 …read more »