On Philanthropy: Best excerpts from the first 100 columns

Since 2010, I have now written 100 columns addressing many aspects of philanthropy – for families, businesses and foundations. To acknowledge this milestone, here are some of my favorite excerpts – quotes that best encapsulate the many lessons I’ve learned and the thoughts I’ve tried to convey. On family giving “Many families fail to talk…

Donor-advised funds – Powerful giving tool needs sharpening

The fastest-growing tool in the philanthropic arena is the donor-advised fund. DAFs are 501(c)(3) philanthropic accounts established at a public charity. They allow donations of cash, property, appreciated assets and more – and donors receive immediate tax deductions. The DAF legally controls the money from the point of donation. Subsequently, donors can advise the DAF…

Coherent Philanthropy: Six lessons for families

Philanthropy is “coherent” when it is logical, well-organized, well-planned and sensible – as well as easy to understand and articulate. Over the years, I have helped dozens of families, foundations, businesses and family offices achieve coherence in their philanthropy. In the realm of family philanthropy, here are six key lessons. (In a future column, I will…

Upfront Philanthropy: The leading questions for the wealth strategy team

At The DeBoskey Group, we often talk about the philanthropic strategist’s role in family planning as a partner in a group of advisors that address the various components of wealth planning and strategy. The wealth management and investment advisors will be the experts helping to determine what proportion of a client’s assets can be positioned for…

New study outlines unprecedented financial risk to many nonprofits

Across the United States, more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations engage in remarkable work to transform lives, communities and the planet. Unfortunately, these organizations currently face a wide range of growing pressures. Consider these facts: In 2013, nonprofit organizations employed more than 10.6 percent of the workforce (14.4 million). More individuals are employed by nonprofits…