Meredith Trank

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 chose to sign the Giving Pledge because I believe that the “why” behind wanting to give and why I am inspired to give is in line with what this pledge says. I have seen the impact others have made in Fort Worth due to their giving, and I want to make the same impact on others. I also think it is important to not only give my money, but also my time and expertise to these organizations. I also think that, for me, signing a class giving pledge will hold me more accountable to something I know others are giving to as well and can follow up with me on.)