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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The Tithe: A Gateway for Philanthropic Engagement

  • March 29, 2021

I’m feeling proud of my six-year-old, Peter Dylan, this week. He’s just been scheduled to give a reading during the Easter Vigil Service on Sunday and it’s taking me back to a funny memory of the first time he spoke up at church. Reverend Jason was in the middle of his homily, when he paused […]

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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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