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Topic: “Selecting a Giving Structure”

Time-Limited Philanthropy: Embracing Mortality Can Drive Urgency and Excellence

In Give Smart, Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman wrote that private foundation excellence is self-imposed. “Of all the characteristics that distinguish philanthropists, the single most consequential may be the fact that they are essentially accountable to no one but themselves,” they said. Governments must win the favor of voters. Companies must earn customer... Read More

Our Family Foundation’s Approach To Trust-Based Philanthropy

“The greatest gift you can give another person is trust,” said one of our grantees. When I started thinking about how to share our experiences with trust-based philanthropy, my first thought was to hear our grantees’ perspectives. This defines our philanthropic philosophy: working collectively to inspire possibility, innovation and sustainable outcomes. Engaging in trust-based philanthropy... Read More

The Best of Both Worlds: Using Private Foundations and Donor Advised Funds

This guide is for professional advisors whose clients want to formalize their charitable giving through a giving vehicle such as a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or a private foundation. Experienced professional advisors know that helping clients find the best giving vehicle available for them creates a win-win situation. The clients will be happier with a vehicle that is a... Read More

An Introduction to Giving Circles

Giving circles have often been called do-it-yourself philanthropy because of their flexible and customizable structures. They are part of a long tradition of collective giving, which, over time, has included mutual aid societies in many immigrant communities and voluntary groups, such as fraternities and sororities, the Rotary Club, and Lions Clubs. Giving circles also have... Read More