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What is the Novus Society?

Want to give to charity, but not sure how to start?

With a donor-advised fund as part of the Novus Society, the distance between merely donating and being a philanthropist has never been shorter.

Novus Society at DonorsTrust fosters the next generation of philanthropists. It offers donor-advised fund accounts for young professionals under the age of 40, featuring lower minimum opening contribution requirements and opportunities to expand your charitable giving horizons by working collaboratively with your peers.

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Why Novus Society?

We think anyone can be a philanthropist, because philanthropy doesn’t depend on the amount of money you’re giving. Instead, what matters is the amount of thought and strategy you’re putting in.

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Advance your charitable goals with a strategic giving tool, vetted causes, and a helpful partner.

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Connect and collaborate with like-minded peers at special events and online.

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Meet and learn from some of the most effective philanthropists in the world.

How It Works

  • Name Your Fund

    A simple application gets you started

  • Make Your Contribution

    $1k opens your account and start making grants at $5k

  • Identify Causes to Support

    1,800+ fully vetted, pro-liberty causes, or suggest others for us to consider

  • Change the World

    Tell us how much to grant to your causes, and sit back while we do the rest


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Who We Are

Many younger folks want to give to charity but they don’t know where to start. The Novus Society is the donor-advised fund program for givers under 40 that helps a new generation of philanthropist connect, engage, and have real impact with their

The Novus Society is a project of DonorsTrust, the principled community foundation with a commitment to limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise. DonorsTrust brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy that strengthens civil society and promotes liberty

A donor-advised fund through the Novus Society offers more than a platform for the mechanics of giving. As part of it, you’ll have access to volunteer and social events, mentorship conversations with more established givers in the DonorsTrust network, and a list of more than 1,800 pre-vetted organizations that have received grants from DonorsTrust gives Society members a starting point for any avenue of giving they choose.

Our News


Charitable Giving: The Voice for the Unheard

  • February 2, 2021

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the events of January 6th. Actually, if I’m being honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around all of the violence and destruction of the past year. The America of 2020 is not one I ever imagined nor now recognize. It’s hard to understand how things […]

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A Strategy to Be an Above-Average Giver

  • January 22, 2021

Perhaps I’m just too finicky, but if I’m going to be successful at a New Year’s goal, I have to start January 1. I have a theory that many other people share this same mentality, which contributes to the staggering number of goal failures we see by the end of the month. It’s silly, of […]

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2020 Lessons Learned in Philanthropy

  • December 22, 2020

Writers have exhausted most every cliché possible in their leads to articles about 2020. Here’s one you may not have read much: 2020 reminded us of the resilient strength of America’s charitable sector. Nonprofits innovated and kept going in the face of what seemed would be a disastrous year. Charitable givers kept giving. More than […]

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Our Partners

The Novus Society relies on a rich network of partners to add value to our membership with more to come.

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