Blair Guilfoile

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 the 2016 Nature of Giving class, we commit ourselves to giving our time and finances, while maintaining the mindsets of givers throughout our lives. Therefore, I pledge to donate 9% 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. 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. (There were three key aspects I wanted in my giving pledge. First, a set percentage of the amount of money I would pledge to always give. I need a fixed percentage to keep my self accountable- so not matter what circumstance I am in, I will always give that percentage. Second, I wanted my giving pledge to address the importance of giving time. Beyond donating money to a cause, I think it is important to foster relationships with people and organizations through volunteering and time. There are going to be points in my life were it might be easy or hard to give 10% of my income, but I know I will always have time to give. Third, I wanted the pledge to talk about reviewing the pledge and how I am following it. I think this is another important way to keep myself accountable. Our class giving pledge addresses all three areas that are important to me and therefore I have chosen to sign it.)