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Donor Beware: Protecting Donor Intent

"Identity politics and groupthink have taken over professional philanthropy just like it’s taken over K-12 education, higher ed, corporate America, really every aspect of our society. It’s hurting the very people that we all want to help. We can no longer have important conversations and honest dialogue to find the best solutions to help people in need.”

Strategic Philanthropy

That was Elise Westhoff, President and CEO of the Philanthropy Roundtable, updating Impact Fund members on the current landscape of philanthropy. Westhoff went on to stress the importance of protecting donor intent and donor privacy.

In the breakout session, Strategic Philanthropy and Preserving Donor Intent, Jessica Dean, Senior Vice President at the Bradley Impact Fund, and Jason Kohout, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, and Chair of Foley’s Family Office Team, shared practical approaches Impact Fund members can and should take to ensure their giving aligns with their values.

Another breakout, The Do’s and Don’ts of Giving to Your Alma Mater, focused on protecting donor intent with gifts to higher ed institutions. Emily Koons Jae, Director of the Fund for Academic Renewal at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), and Michael B. Poliakoff, Ph.D., President of ACTA, encouraged Impact Fund members to utilize the comprehensive guidance for college donors available at no charge through the Fund for Academic Renewal.

Protecting Donor Intent

If You Have Questions or Concerns About Donor Intent, Let’s Have a Conversation.

We’ll help you take advantage of the many Impact Fund resources for strategic philanthropy and connect you with the Fund for Academic Renewal if you’d like to make university gifts. Please get in touch today.