We want what’s best for our children, and want them to be independent.

We hope they will share our commitment to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.

It isn’t always the case, though. The next generation can branch of with their own ideas, and those won’t always match your own.

Shouldn’t there be a way to ensure you can let your children follow their own path – without letting them compromise the legacy of liberty you want to leave behind?

For liberty-minded donors, there is fortunately a solution – a donor-advised account at DonorsTrust.

For 15 years, DonorsTrust has been the sole donor-advised fund dedicated to safeguarding the charitable intentions of donors who are committed to promoting a free society through the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise. We differentiate ourselves from other community foundations and donor-advised funds by providing a safe, efficient, and principled philanthropic vehicle. DonorsTrust is able to assist like-minded donors by offering one of the most popular and flexible charitable vehicles—donor-advised accounts—to help accomplish their charitable goals. Donor-advised accounts offer superior tax treatment, flexibility, and anonymity while avoiding the costs and burdens of private foundations.

Liberty-minded donors find DonorsTrust can help in many ways.

Reduced administrative burden – far easier than managing a private foundation or keeping up with many receipts from checkbook giving

An additional layer of privacy in giving

The ability to give in a more tax-advantaged way

Assurance that their donor intent will be protected after they can no longer manage their giving

A partner who understands and shares their commitment to preserving liberty into the future

Any organization offering donor-advised funds can help with those first three points. Only DonorsTrust holds donor intent and advancing liberty at its core.

A Way To Encourage Principled Giving

Many people think a family foundation could help them pass on their philanthropic principles to their kids and grandkids. However, the costs and time associated with a foundation mean that it is not a fitting solution for many people.

A donor-advised fund, on the other hand, offers many of the benefits of a foundation, but in a way that is easier, more private, and more tax advantaged. Families can still work together to make grants and manage the donor-advised account.

DonorsTrust offers the additional benefit of peace of mind that the grants made from the account will never stray from the principles of liberty.

  • We won’t allow grants to go to organizations that work to expand the size and scope of government or that take significant amounts of government money.
  • When you open an account, we ask for a donor intent statement, amendable by you at any time, and use that to keep giving from your account in line with your particular interests.
  • All accounts at DonorsTrust are required to close down no later than 25 after the death of the original account holder(s). This time restriction means control of your account will stay close to those who knew – and understood your principles.

Start Protecting Your Values Today

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  • Peter Lipsett

    Peter Lipsett is vice president at DonorsTrust. He also leads DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of donors under 40 committed to growing their philanthropic know-how. He has a dual degree in political science and theater from Davidson College and finally got a practical credential with an MBA from George Mason University.

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