Justin Pollard

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 think the Class Giving Pledge is the perfect blend of broad, yet specific. The pledge is broad enough for me to choose the type of organization I want to give to, whether it be focused on education, arts, or health care. It also allows me to choose the percentage I pledge to donate with the ability to change it during the annual review.My favorite aspect of the Class Giving Pledge is the accountability and reflection included in the last line. This is a great way to stay accountable and up-to-date with my giving. The due diligence and fostering relationships is something that this class has taught me is important as the process of giving. I plan on attending graduate school after TCU, so I will most likely have a part time job of some sort. If I can pledge to give 5% of my earning during that time period, I believe it will be easier for me to up that percentage when I enter the work force and start receiving a full time income.)