Category Archives: Why DonorsTrust

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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Why George & Marilyn Give: A History of Promoting Liberty

Why George & Marilyn Give: A History of Promoting Liberty

This is George and Marilyn’s story, the sixth installment in our Client Stories series which shares how our clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. You can read the previous article from Denise Weaver.

George Pearson and his wife, Marilyn, have been part of the DonorsTrust family for more than a decade. As happens so often, a talented professor …

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Why Denise Gives: Getting Started

Why Denise Gives: Getting Started

This is Denise Weaver’s story, the fifth installment in our Client Stories series which shares how different clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. You can read the previous article from Ann Fitzgerald here.

Let’s talk about money.

Good friends know I’m always delighted to talk about how to maximize a personal budget or how to use airlines …

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DonorsTrust Grows Liberty Beyond Grant-Making

DonorsTrust Grows Liberty Beyond Grant-Making

DonorsTrust argued before the United States Supreme Court earlier this week. We also are engaged in a lawsuit with Harvard University over admission policies that discriminate against Asian-Americans. Let’s not forget we help produce educational materials about the importance of property rights, expressed concern over the uncivil tone that flows through today’s electorate, and we interviewed and recommended 30 people …

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Starting Over with a Donor-Advised Fund

Starting Over with a Donor-Advised Fund

An accurate, albeit overused phrase is “to wipe the slate clean”. While perhaps outdated in its technology (what 25-year-old has ever experienced a classroom ‘slate’?), the reference to starting over again is clear.

I’m sympathetic to the notions of grace, forgiveness, success and failure that provide the basis for the philosophical concept of starting over (again).  But, let’s be honest, …

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Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Should you give to charity even if you aren’t rich?

A recent article by Camilo Maldonado in Forbes posits that just because one isn’t among the super-rich – or perhaps not even fully established in a career and financial life – one can still be charitable with one’s dollars and time.

Let’s go straight to what I consider one of …

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Specialization Can Save Your Plumbing and Philanthropy

Specialization Can Save Your Plumbing and Philanthropy

I spent much of my pre-July Fourth celebration in my basement, dealing with a backed-up sewer line. It’s not exactly what I had planned, but, alas, it’s been an ongoing issue for a few years. And, well, y’know “stuff” happens.

There is no metaphor here for philanthropy, per se. Nor for donor intent or issues affecting DonorsTrust’s principles of limited …

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Agree to Disagree: The Diversity in Liberty

Agree to Disagree: The Diversity in Liberty

It is a well-established fact that diversity of thought is a good thing.

Well, at least it used to be. If you follow whatever preferred flavor of media, or use any type of social media account, you will witness firsthand how diversity is treated in today’s divisive environment.

Unfortunately, any deviation from the accepted line of thinking risks your being …

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Funding the Faith from All Perspectives

Funding the Faith from All Perspectives

Last week, I attended the Becket Fund’s annual Canterbury Medal Gala. It honors an individual – in this case, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik – who defends religious liberty and conscience with distinction.

What struck me, was not merely the dinner’s noble purpose, but the fact that the stereotypical joke about the Rabbi, the Priest, and the Iman walking …

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Aiding the Miracle: Two Reasons Why Giving Matters

Aiding the Miracle: Two Reasons Why Giving Matters

Last week, DonorsTrust sponsored the Ricochet Podcast Summit held at the American Enterprise Institute’s beautiful building in downtown Washington, DC. The event showcased thirteen podcasts from the Ricochet network.

I had the privilege of introducing Jonah Goldberg and, in the process, saying few words about DonorsTrust. I used the opportunity – and the excellent segue of the themes Jonah …

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