Total charitable impact

 

Right menu

Giving Matters blog

The Giving Matters blog is a way for our leadership team to share their perspectives on trends in philanthropy, charitable planning strategies, and more.

Subscribe to the blog
Blog authors
Commenting guidelines

 

Ann Gill's picture

Taking charge of the philanthropy talk

August 13, 2015

Over the past few years, it has been reported that many high net worth individuals are unsatisfied with the philanthropic conversations they have with their financial advisors. The reasons noted most often are the reluctance of advisors to initiate charitable conversations, lack of meaningful content, and the infrequency of these discussions. 

Read more
Rebecca Moffett's picture

Different goals, different giving strategies: Solving your philanthropic puzzle

July 21, 2015

Discovering who you are as a philanthropist is like assembling a puzzle: You may know what the end result should look like, but finding the right pieces takes time and effort. 

Read more
Rebecca Moffett's picture

Different goals, different giving strategies: Balancing time and risk

June 24, 2015

In philanthropy, no two donors have the same charitable goals. Each person is driven by different emotions and philosophies, making charitable objectives unique to each individual. These personal differences not only show in what they wish to achieve, but also through the strategies employed to reach those achievements. 

Read more
Rebecca Moffett's picture

Think like a business, give like a philanthropist

June 15, 2015

For many, philanthropy is an emotional activity. We are often drawn to give through a combination of events in our life, values passed down through generations, and heartfelt solicitations that connect to our shared human experiences. Giving to every cause that elicits emotion may feel right in the moment, but unplanned or inconsistent gifts may not create lasting charitable impact. 

Read more
Ann Gill's picture

Creating your charitable investing roadmap

April 29, 2015

In any area of life or business, deciding to change habits or practices is only half of the battle. Then comes another difficult undertaking: Implementation. 

Read more
Ann Gill's picture

Give without purpose

October 30, 2014

When giving at year-end, the time constraints, solicitations from your favorite charities, and looming tax considerations can feel overwhelming, leaving many donors rushing to make donations late in December. But how can you give to a charity's greatest need during this time of year? Give without purpose. 

Read more
James Barnes's picture

"But I'm not a billionaire:" High-input versus high-impact philanthropy

September 03, 2014

"Philanthropist" can be a scary title. It evokes names like Gates, Rockefeller, and Pew, all families and individuals with seemingly infinite assets to give. But for most, we are not the Gates and Pews of the world: We have limited funds to draw from for our charitable giving. 

Read more
John J. Brennan's picture

Putting philanthropy in the budget

October 30, 2013

While it's true that one of the many benefits of charitable giving--the feeling you get from knowing that you made a difference--falls into the realm of the intangible, I'm a firm believer that philanthropy has to be strategic, both in how it's funded and in how those funds are invested in worthy causes. In other words, if you want to help make sure that your desire to give becomes reality, put philanthropy in your budget. 

Read more
James Barnes's picture

Involving younger generations in giving

September 04, 2013

Our donors often express interest in involving their children and grandchildren in their philanthropy. We hear a desire to "instill a passion to help others" or develop "a habit of giving." Many of these individuals recognize that a donor-advised fund is a great way to include family and teach them about giving, and they hope to use the tool to establish long-term charitable legacies. 

Read more

Pages