As TCU students, we hope to build upon the school’s mission and become ethical leaders in our community. Through the Nature of Giving course and the advice of guest speakers like the Jeff and Kelly Dillard, Ed Schollmaier, and John Robinson, we have learned of the importance of investing in our community through providing financial support, giving time and labor, and sharing our own expertise and passions. As a student in the 2016 Nature of Giving class, I commit myself to giving my time and finances, while maintaining the mindsets of a giver throughout my life. Therefore, I pledge to donate 7% of my monthly personal income to a cause(s) of my choosing. I pledge to practice responsible philanthropy by conducting due diligence before giving to an organization. In addition to financial support, I commit myself to volunteering with organizations in order to foster personal relationships in the community. This may occur in the form of substituting hours of work equaling the value of 7% of my monthly income when such occasion presents itself. In other words, the value of my monetary and time donations each month will amount to the value of 7% of my income and/or the approximate time required to earn this amount. I will work to better the local and/or international community by establishing at least one partnership with a charitable organization. In order to remain actively engaged, I will review my donations and involvement annually.