Ethan Bixby

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. (Signing a pledge is something that I knew I wanted to do because I have learned about the need for responsible philanthropists in this community as well as the personal benefits that givers achieve. I decided to sign the class version because this is a reminder not only of my commitment to philanthropy, but also a reminder of the class that transformed me into an individual desiring to give. That being said, I was not automatically going to sign the class version. I have a good idea of what my giving pledge would look like if I prepared it myself, and my plan fits into the class pledge. This pledge is ambiguous enough to personalize it with my owns ideas, but it is also psychologically binding enough to hold me accountable to the pledge I made. I plan to set up a savings account strictly for the purpose of philanthropy and direct deposit 5% of my paycheck into it. This will make it easy to give, which is something important to me. I do not want philanthropy to hurt; I want to be a joyful giver. I want to be comfortable with the gifts I make. The direct deposit method will allow me to learn to live comfortably without the 5%, and I will still feel good when I benefit needs of others. Additionally, I like that this pledge includes an element of service as I want to be deeply involved with an organization. My goal is to make giving my time, talents, and treasure in a way that supplements my hopefully happy, successful, secure life ahead of me.)