Tithing from the IRA Rollover

Charitable Gift IRA Rollover: The Past In 2006 I was visiting with a donor who was very excited about the recent Pension Protection Act that enabled him to give from his IRA to charity. The Charitable Gift IRA Rollover allowed many donors like him to give a Qualified Contribution Distribution (QCD) to a qualified charity

A surprising way to increase planned gifts

I love that we live in a time of actual research of fundraising. We're finally moving beyond anecdotes to verified research by groups like the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy. (In the interest of full disclosure: I am on the Advisory Panel for the think tank associated with the Centre.) The newest findings presented this month

Yet another unassuming donor gives multi-million dollar gift

Today The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported about Lotta Fields. According to the New York Times, Ms. Fields was an avid reader and a regular donor to the New York Public Library. Her regular gifts were only described as "modest." But when she died, she left the library $6 million. $6 million! The NYT's quotes the

Is there a Ron Newell in your donor pool?

Did you hear the latest story about an unassuming millionaire? According to Foster's Daily Democrat, Ron Newell was a quiet truck driver in Dover, NH. He liked kids and animals, especially dogs. Last August, Mr. Newell passed away at the age of 78. Last week, two nonprofits were told that he'd left them $550,000 each.

Shoe Shine guy gives $200,000

This man, Albert Lexie, shines shoes at a hospital in Pittsburgh. Over the last 30 years, he's given all his tips to the charity care fund at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. That's added up to $200,000 so far! From a shoe shine guy! All that glitters... I love stories like this! It forces us

Homeless man leaves $4 million estate

Do you remember Jean Preston, the unassuming librarian who'd amassed an $8 million estate? Or Helene Whitlock Alley, the $100 donor that bequethed $7.3 million to a diabetes group. Well here's another entry in the never underestimate anyone category: Richard Walters. Perhaps you've heard his name on NPR: "Support for NPR comes from the estate

Invasion of Privacy or Customer Service?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Prospecting blog has an interesting post about a new planned giving tool. Apparently, it's a CD that donors can play to see the benefits of making a planned gifts and a charity can customize it to be the "charity of choice" for the example. But wait! There's more: What worries some