Category Archives: Why DonorsTrust

Always Making Progress for Liberty

Always Making Progress for Liberty

DonorsTrust exists to ensure a steady flow of philanthropic capital into the liberty movement as well as to the myriad of organizations bringing private solutions to bear on social problems. Some progressives view is as nefarious, even as they aggressively seek to expand their network of similar institutions. We – and our clients – merely view the DonorsTrust model as …

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State of DonorsTrust: Growing To Serve the Liberty Community

State of DonorsTrust: Growing To Serve the Liberty Community

The genesis for creating DonorsTrust nearly twenty years ago was the preservation of donor intent.

This was not, however, grounded in blind devotion to the belief that any donor’s intent was to be maintained. Instead, DonorsTrust would safeguard the donor who saw private markets, free exchange, and increased personal responsibility as the keys to progress.

Most importantly, such protection could …

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Fighting O’Sullivan’s Law: Stopping The Drift from Our Principles

Fighting O’Sullivan’s Law: Stopping The Drift from Our Principles

Will a conservative (or, as you might variously describe it, right-of-center, libertarian, or right-wing) organization always keep its rightward orientation?

O’Sullivan’s Law suggests that without a firm mooring, it will easily lose its way. O’Sullivan’s Law, a product of British journalist and former Margaret Thatcher aide John O’Sullivan, states that any organization that is not explicitly right-wing will drift to …

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Why Ann Gives: Turning the Focus Around

Why Ann Gives: Turning the Focus Around

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 …

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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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Why Peter Gives: A Chance Encounter with DonorsTrust

Why Peter Gives: A Chance Encounter with DonorsTrust

This year, we have been sharing first-hand stories of how clients use their DonorsTrust donor-advised accounts in different ways. Here is Peter Flinch’s story, the third installment in our series. You can read the previous article from Frayda Levy here.

At 50 in 1992, I was laid-off from corporate, middle management into a new life as a “premature, early …

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Outside the Office: The Value of Community

Outside the Office: The Value of Community

I write this at a cruising altitude of 34,000 feet. It’s a familiar and, dare I say, comforting spot. Complaints today about the U.S. airline industry specifically and air travel in general run rampant – overcrowded flights, intrusive security, long lines, lost luggage, frustrated parents (and kids!). I get that.

By the time the twelve months of 2017 wrap up, …

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“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

“Not That Mysterious” -Principled in the Face of Critics

Being firmly committed to a set of principles carries a major risk, namely that those who take an opposing view will also oppose you.

DonorsTrust is built on a set of principles anchored around donor intent and the ideals of liberty. Sadly, this means we have critics and detractors. That’s ok. Contrary to the sheltered perspective of certain loud voices, …

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Learning to Fly in Philanthropy: Novus Society’s Long Game

Learning to Fly in Philanthropy: Novus Society’s Long Game

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight at Kitty Hawk only lasted 12 seconds. Orville, piloting the new flying machine, traveled all of 120 ft.

As I write this, I’m on a plane travelling more than 300 miles through the air 30,000 feet above the Earth, on plane that offers me wi-fi, a full food and beverage menu, and satellite TV …

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But Who Decides? Choices, Limits, and Strategies of a DAF

But Who Decides? Choices, Limits, and Strategies of a DAF

“But how do you choose who to give to?”

In my conversations with folks about DonorsTrust, this is a question that frequently comes up – far more often than I expected.

The answer is that the client chooses. Rather, I should clarify that the client recommends or advises. That is, after all, why we call it  a donor-advised

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