Promote an eye-opening perspective on philanthropy.
You Can Do More That Matters is filled with advice and examples designed to help people “live more and give more.” Wouldn’t it be mutually beneficial – to your organization and to your donors – to promote this eye-opening perspective? Read it for yourself and offer copies to your most passionate donors. You can inspire them to think differently about their wealth and motivate them to take action on behalf of your organization.
“Being a taxpayer requires no planning or signing of documents. It is involuntary philanthropy and allows other individuals and government leaders to direct where your social wealth and capital will go. To be a philanthropist, however, is voluntary and requires planning. But it also empowers us and gives us the freedom to do more that matters to us personally for our family, our community, and the causes and organizations we care about.
The question is this: Do you want to contribute voluntarily and choose how to make an impact on society that is personal and important to you? Or do you want to contribute involuntarily (more than legally required) through the taxing authorities instead, allowing the federal or state government to make that choice for you? You could do nothing in the way of estate planning and let more of your money go to the government than necessary—and it certainly will be distributed. But if you are like most of the people we advise, you believe that is not good stewardship, as it speaks nothing of your priorities and passions. You can control the ultimate taxation of your wealth and the use of your wealth for social good. Whether you are a voluntary or involuntary philanthropist will be determined by your action or inaction.”
From You Can Do More That Matters – Chapter Three