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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


Young Giver: Get Connected in the World of Philanthropy

  • June 29, 2021

When it comes to life as a young giver, starting is the hard part. Writers have been lamenting that simple truism since…well, the start. Difficulty beginning a project is a key reason why so many never do – putting dreams like businesses, inventions, and major life changes on hold for years or even leaving them […]

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How Michael Gives: Putting Philanthropy First

  • May 6, 2021

The DonorsTrust Client Stories blog series continues with this latest interview. Michael Miller and his wife are just regular folks who want to prioritize philanthropy—their donor-advised fund at DonorsTrust helps them make sure that happens. The previous segment by Patrick and Mary Peterson can be found here. Donor-advised funds sometimes are mischaracterized as a tool […]

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National DAFs and The Quiet End to Donor Freedom

  • April 15, 2021

Remember the phrase “the good old days?” It’s one that becomes more prevalent as one moves up the aging ladder. I have certainly heard it nearly ad nauseum recently. Methinks, however, it is spoken within the context of “pre” vs “post” pandemic realities (or dreams). Ironically, and perhaps sadly, what was once a wistful observation […]

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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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