Matt Miller

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 it is logical to sign a pledge to give. It is too hard to will oneself to continue giving money away, so a pledge makes complete sense to me. I think that 5% is a great starting percentage. Right now, 5% of my monthly income is about $50-100, which I think is a great number. After a year, that is about $1000 in giving, which is something I would be very proud of as a recent college graduate (about to attend graduate school). As my income grows, in addition to my available time to volunteer, I expect to raise my percentage of annual giving. I would love to revise my pledge every 5 years to reallocate my giving based on my earnings.]