The holiday season is behind us, but the season of charity solicitations and the questions of when to say "yes" and when to "no" continue throughout the year.  Here is one couple's story of turning around their charitable giving pattern from being unsatisfying, to satisfying by asking some simple questions, focusing their efforts to fewer charities and finding the right vehicle for them, a donor advised fund.  At the LCF, more than 3,000 individuals and families have put their giving intention in place through a donor advised fund, making their giving more satisfying - learn more here.  How might you make your charitable giving pattern more satisfying?

From Forbes:

"What have we learned? Having started this process [of putting together a charitable giving plan] several years ago, we've learned a number of things:

  • Clarity is empowering. We had never discussed as a family what we cared most about.
  • Since starting, we've increased the total amounts we donate annually, partially because we can, but much more importantly because it just feels better as we are confident we have an impact on the things that matter to us...
  • Making and tracking donations is easier, as we have the donor advised fund, and a smaller number of charities. As we get to the end of the year, it is easy to see if we've hit our targets or if there is more to do.

Full Article: "A Simple Plan For Satisfying Charitable Giving"