Evan Watson

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 8% 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 choose to sign this class Giving Pledge in order to hold myself accountable for years to come. We’ve learned about the value of philanthropy and its effect on our own lives and the lives of others. Now, it’s time to commit personally to establishing a pattern of giving in my own life. I have chosen to sign this class Giving Pledge because it allows me to set my own percentage of monthly personal income (8%) while also stressing that we can give our time and expertise in order to maintain the mindset of a giver. This pledge also allows me to set my own methods of how I give – including who to give to and how to separate my money within my bank account. I hope to increase upon this 8% as I earn more and feel a greater cause to continue giving. I hope our class pledges to review our own donations annually and hold each other accountable in this new endeavor.)