Courtney Hall

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. (I chose to sign the class Giving Pledge because it incorporates the three aspects that I am looking for when it comes to my giving in the future. 1. It contains a percentage of my income that I will give a way. After listening to the Dillards, I was very inspired by their story and knew that giving away at least 10% of my income was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I want to make this commitment so it holds me accountable to give, and it also gives me the opportunity to invest my life in an organization that I am passionate about. 2. The Giving Pledge incorporates volunteering your time with an organization and building a relationship with them. I believe that this aspect of the Giving Pledge is ESSENTIAL and something that I hold with a high regard. I desire to have my monetary gift to be given to an organization that I care about. And what better way to find out which organizations I care most about than spending my time investing in them and their mission. 3. The third aspect of the Giving Pledge is something I wouldn’t have thought about before this class, and that is that I will review my donations and involvement annually. I realize now how important that is and how it keeps you accountable to the goals you have with your nonprofit. It also holds you accountable for doing your due diligence and investing in the organization in more ways than one. I believe that this aspect of the Giving Pledge is to be held at a very high standard, because I am sure it would be easy to forget over the years. However, by signing this pledge, I am holding myself accountable to do this year after year.)