Timothy Betts

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 genuinely believe in the power of philanthropy to transform a community and our society as a whole. I think there are many parts to that process, but I think it starts with the individual being able to do personal work with personal wealth for the betterment of the community from which they draw much. I think that 8 percent is a fair amount that is substantial enough to make an impact from the beginning but not so much as to damage my personal financial solvency. However, over time, I do wish to increase that amount. In the end, the rationale for giving can be either altruistic or self-serving. Either out of the goodness of one’s heart or out of the pragmatic benefits that giving has for a community, it is important that all individuals become involved in giving at all levels. But we have to do so intelligently, after thought, consideration, and introspection. That is how all involved grow and reap the true benefits of philanthropy.)