Below are a variety of articles, books, and other resources that may offer some additional insight as you develop your philanthropic strategies.

Donor-Advised Funds & Strategic Giving


Donor Intent


Philanthropic Areas of Interest


General Philanthropy


Recommended Reading


Other Non-Profit Resources

Additionally, several non-profits within the liberty-oriented movement have unique resources that may help you with your specific philanthropic question.

  • The Philanthropy Roundtable offers various guidebooks, short pieces, and other resources for donors as they consider their philanthropy, intent, and legacy.
  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation, created to help develop and strengthen global market-oriented think tanks, maintains a Free Market Directory providing contact and program information about non-profits that have shared in Atlas’s work or that pursue a similar vision.
  • State Policy Network offers information on the myriad of state-based think tanks working to advance market-oriented policy solutions in the states.  Their think tank directory provides information on market-oriented, liberty-minded think tanks in each state.
  • Capital Research Center  was established in 1984 to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism.
  • Acton Institute maintains an online database called The Guide to Effective Compassion. Its listings include over 150 private social service organizations selected by Acton for excellence in mission, execution, and independence.


Independent Charity Rating Organizations

  • GuideStar  provides detailed operational and financial information for more than 850,000 IRS recognized nonprofit organizations allowing donors to be more discriminating in their support.
  • Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities.


IRS Documents

The Internal Revenue Service’s website contains a wide variety of more detailed information on particular aspects of charitable giving.  Two that may be helpful are below.


  • 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.