Caroline Rydquist

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 5% 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. (I am choosing to sign the class giving pledge because I believe that it encompasses all of the main points that were important to me when we were creating the giving pledge in class, including the influence and advice of the Dillards (especially finding what you are passionate about and the idea of setting aside the money in a separate account), not only giving money but also time, and reviewing the donation annually. After graduation, I will be interning with a non-profit organization for the summer, so I feel that my time will be very dedicated to the community. Because this is an internship, though, and I will be getting a small monthly stipend, I am choosing to start my giving at 5% right now. I hope to increase this as the months go on, and will review where I am financially after the internship, when I am in a full time job, and annually after that.)