Ten Philanthropic Resolutions for the New Year
- I will give without being asked.
- I will draw upon the key people, experiences and influences in my life when deciding where to give.
- I will study the best methods for making donations. For example, I might make charitable gifts outright rather than deferred, from assets rather than from income.
- I will seek no influence from my giving. I may want to restrict some gifts for specific purposes, but I will place no other conditions on my giving.
- I will make charitable giving an integral part of my estate plan. I will consult my estate planner for help.
- I will make "challenge gifts" so as to involve others in worthwhile funding campaigns.
- I will evaluate the business of a cause before I support it. I will look beyond emotional appeal to the financial efficiency of a charity.
- I will emphatically oppose unprofessional appeals.
- I will encourage others to give to good causes. I will teach my children and urge my friends to select causes and support them in return for their blessings and for the good of the communities in which we live.
- I will consider my financial responsibility to the health, education and welfare of my family as I design my charitable giving. I cannot support all causes. My first cause is my family. I will learn to graciously say, "no, thank you," when I must.
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