Posts Tagged: Philanthropy

Four Pillars of Philanthropic Impact

The media these days is full of articles, blogs, research papers and enthusiastic descriptions of new ways of engaging in philanthropy, most of which employ the words ‘impact’, or ‘investment’. This is in contrast to the old-fashioned words ‘charity’ or ‘goodwill’. The focus has moved from a philanthropist making donation to an initiative, to an… Read more »

Some Good News in the Tax Bill

Here comes the New Year, and with it the new tax law. Reviews tell us that as the nation ages, the new law shifts many benefits to younger families. But there is a special tax break available just for seniors, passed by congress in 2016, and it doesn’t go away in the New Year. In… Read more »

Gary Cooper

I’ve known Austin’s Gary Cooper for years, as a fine man and an effective community activist. Recently I learned that as a youth he received a full college scholarship from a successful businessman he was referred to by a newspaper editor who had interviewed Gary at his inner-city high school. Gary knew this was a… Read more »

Austinites Annual Charitable Donations Revealed: Average $6,249 per tax payer

  Do you earn $50,000 or more?  Itemized tax returns of U.S. Citizens earning $50,000 or more were examined to determine giving habits in the 50 largest U.S. cities. This data represents almost 80 percent of all individual charitable contributions and offers the best possible view into charitable giving in distinct metropolitan areas. A breakdown… Read more »

Rodman & Associates was recently quoted in the Austin American Statesman’s analysis of the Giving USA 2017 report.  Here we recap three key takeaways from the report as researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. All of the philanthropic focus areas tracked went up, a rare occurrence.  For only the sixth time… Read more »

Can We Talk About Money?

When I accepted a position as the Development Director for a small Austin nonprofit, I thought that my years of service in the sector would inform the role. I had been a nonprofit founder, board member, leader and consultant. Surely, I could effectively apply these experiences to this new role. But, as it turned out,… Read more »

Joy Selak Joins Rodman & Associates

Former MINDPOP development director founded two nonprofits, was ZACH Theatre president AUSTIN, Texas—Rodman & Associates, an Austin-based philanthropic advisory firm, announced that in April, Joy Selak, Ph.D., joined the team to help individuals, families and organizations plan their giving in ways that are strategic and impactful. Selak has more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership… Read more »

The value of Giving Back does get passed down!

Grandparents who actively pursue philanthropic endeavors are more likely to have grandchildren who give charitably and volunteer in the community. While giving priorities may differ (grandparents are more inclined to religious giving and grandchildren to secular giving), grandparents play a role in developing their grandchildren’s giving habits. Recent research released by the Lilly Family School… Read more »