Kelsey Ritchie

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 think this is an incredibly unique opportunity to participate in a group effort to give. While I originally wanted to write my own pledge, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that signing the class Giving Pledge shows collaboration and commitment to this group of people in particular. While I may at some time in my life write my own giving pledge, I want to sign on to this one to honor the gift that Nature of Giving has been to me; it has taught me how to give. Signing this pledge is a symbol of what this class means to me. I want to remember the feeling of coordinated giving and I believe that this pledge incorporates both individual and group mindsets.)