Category Archives: Why DonorsTrust

How Susan Gives: Carefully Discerning the Future

How Susan Gives: Carefully Discerning the Future

In our Client Stories series, we share how real DonorsTrust clients use their donor-advised funds in different ways to achieve their charitable goals both in life and after. This month we feature one such couple who has set up their fund as a bequest account using it to steward their charitable legacy. You can read last month’s feature here

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How Michael Gives: A Hands-On Approach to Grateful Giving

How Michael Gives: A Hands-On Approach to Grateful Giving

This is a continuation of the Client Stories series where we interview real DonorsTrust clients to hear about how they think through their philanthropy and how a donor-advised fund helps them achieve their charitable goals. You can read last month’s article here

Michael Maibach has been with DonorsTrust from our earliest days. As you’ll discover in this interview, his

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Gardening and Giving: Encouraging Philanthropy in Children

Gardening and Giving: Encouraging Philanthropy in Children

Parenting is full of challenges. It’s a constant push and pull. I’ve recently discovered that, at least with gardening and charitable giving, a mom’s push is the right way to go.

A big concern is how to instill in our children a sincere sense of gratitude. But I’ll begin with a story about an immediate challenge I recently had – …

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Community for Liberty – Ideas, Cooperation, and Yes, Tribalism

Community for Liberty – Ideas, Cooperation, and Yes, Tribalism

There is talk these days about tribalism and its negative impact on society. The discussion occurs more frequently within the context of the public square, specifically the perceived deleterious effect on the “public good.”

Certainly, we all could use a reminder that the most important part of “civil society” is being civil.  

That being said, humans are complex. We …

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What Evan Left: Sue Scharf on Her Husband’s Legacy Gift

What Evan Left: Sue Scharf on Her Husband’s Legacy Gift

This month, our Client Stories series highlights a bequest client, Evan Scharf and how he and his wife Sue used their DonorsTrust donor-advised fund for planned giving. You can read the previous feature from a Novus client, Melanie Hildreth here.

Evan Scharf today can only speak through the legacy he left behind. He passed away in 2016, before his …

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Never Too Soon: The Shock that Taught Me about Planned Giving

Never Too Soon: The Shock that Taught Me about Planned Giving

In late 2016, my two year old son P.D. picked up a guide to planned giving that my husband and I had received.

I’d held onto the mailer, because I was in the process of designing a planned giving program for my organization.

I recognized a perfect image: my cute son holding upside down a brochure titled “It’s Never Too …

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Why Melanie Gives: Thinking Like a Giver

Why Melanie Gives: Thinking Like a Giver

Is filling the needs in our communities enough? How can we increase or charitable impact? In this month’s donor feature, Melanie Hildreth a Novus Society member shares with us how her thinking around charitable giving has shifted by using a donor-advised fund. You can read last month’s feature here

I joined the Novus Society because they asked me. I have …

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Why Robert Gives: Privacy in Charitable Giving

Why Robert Gives: Privacy in Charitable Giving

What role does privacy play in charitable giving? Why does it matter? In this month’s donor profile, Robert Boyd of Virginia shares with us his perspective on his charitable upbringing and why charitable giving should be a private matter. You can read last month’s feature here

What inspires your philanthropy?

It comes from several strands, but mainly family background. …

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Growing the Community: DonorsTrust 2018 Progress Report

Growing the Community: DonorsTrust 2018 Progress Report

Too often, free-market organizations fall into the trap of highlighting numbers rather than the humans behind the numbers when discussing their work.

Yet that human factor is what ultimately drives all meaningful change. Strong social entrepreneurs build institutions that help people reach their full potential, be it through relieving immediate needs, solving vexing health challenges, creating beauty and culture or …

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Why John Gives: DAF Tax Strategies for Different Life Phases

Why John Gives: DAF Tax Strategies for Different Life Phases

This is latest installment in our Client Stories, a blog series that shares how our clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways to achieve their philanthropic goals. You can read the previous article from George and Marilyn Pearson here.

A client for over a decade, John spent many years in a major U.S. city’s tax and accounting …

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