Caleb Ashbrook

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 10% 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. (The giving pledge incorporates all of the various aspects of giving that I had hoped would be placed in such a document. For me, the most important parts were stipulating the giving of both time and money to organizations for which I had a passion, and only upon doing the necessary due diligence. Further, it incorporates the development of one partnership, which is an important component of what I want to do in the future. Starting this early and with a set % is exactly what I would have done with my own giving pledge.)