How to Grant from Your Donor-Advised Fund in a Down Market

hawkins@growyourgiving.org Individual & Family Giving, Professional Advisors

When the market is volatile, investment experts will tell you to keep your emotions out of your decisions and stay the course. But for many, charitable giving is inherently emotional. Stories of those in need tug at our heartstrings, and as the market turns downward, our communities’ needs grow. So it’s critical that we can access donor-advised fund assets to …

Transforming Community Through Art: A Conversation with Englewood Arts

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“There wasn’t any federal or state or city involvement that was going to change the face of this community. It’s happened through community members and then philanthropy. So it’s this partnership between community and donors and I think it’s been tremendous. And some of those donors being right inside Englewood. I feel very confident that Englewood is going to be …

Navigating Current Challenges and Trends in Philanthropy: A Conversation with Jeremy Tennenbaum of Vanguard

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“I think people, more and more, want to make certain that their money is being put to good use by the nonprofits that they’re giving to.” – Jeremy Tennenbaum In a conversation for both nonprofits and donors alike, Jeremy Tennenbaum, senior nonprofit strategist at Vanguard shares how current challenges and trends are impacting philanthropy. Together with Nicole Stuke, Philanthropic Advisor at …

Holiday Giving…in Summer?

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We see a significant uptick in our donors’ grants to charities during the winter holiday season, usually after Thanksgiving. It’s called “The Giving Season” for a reason. Nonprofits send out year-end reminders to make donations, and our donors respond generously. But…why wait? Because you made the smart decision to organize your giving using a donor-advised fund, you can make grants …

Revitalizing the Rock Island Bridge: A Conversation with Mike Zeller

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“There’s really no bridge like this in modern times. It’s the first of its kind. And also just the unique nature of the public-private partnership and how those two gears can go together in a way that the community wins and investors win.” – Mike Zeller Kansas City will soon be home to America’s first destination bridge. A mix of …

7 Tips for Maximizing Your Online Giving Experience

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s work is centered in serving donors and our goal is to provide an easy and joyful giving experience. Our online donor portal is an important piece of that experience where donors can view their fund activity in a modern, user-friendly setting. For donors who utilize the online donor portal, here are seven ways to …

How to Help: Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

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Philanthropists and humanitarians around the globe are watching the unfolding crisis in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion earlier this week. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the leading expert in helping donors maximize their impact in response to domestic and global disasters, has shared the following information: “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assaults on multiple cities in Ukraine began overnight …

Your FAQs About Successor Advisors

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Successor advisors are important in continuing your charitable legacy beyond your lifetime. Whitney Hosty, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, answers your questions about the role of successor advisors. Q: What is a successor advisor? A: Successor advisors are the individuals from whom our staff will take direction about your charitable fund when you are no longer able to do so, particularly regarding …

Setting Your Philanthropic Intentions for 2022

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A new year offers a moment to consider the past and dream of the future. What are you dreaming about and how might your philanthropy change in 2022? You might consider the following questions when setting your philanthropic intentions for 2022: What excites and inspires you? What are the missions and organizations that align most closely with the values most …