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Tips for New Philanthropists

by | Philanthropy

New to the philanthropy scene? Not to worry, we have some universal tips for new philanthropists. Even if you’ve been in the business of helping others for as long as you can remember, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick refresher course on best practices.

Tips for New Philanthropists

Learn From Those Who Have Come Before You

When you’re first starting out as a new philanthropist, it’s important to recognize that you’re not the first person to pursue this particular corner of philanthropy. No matter how specific the need you’re fulfilling is, there’s a great chance that someone before you has tried to solve the same problem. If not, there’s been someone who’s tried to solve a remarkably similar issue.

Regardless, the best place to start as a new philanthropist is at the very beginning. As commonsensical as that may seem, it’s an undeniable truth. Start by learning from those who have come before you, so you never make their same mistakes, and you can build upon their experiences, rather than reinventing the wheel.

Figure Out How to Define Your Own Impact

That being said, as a new philanthropist, you have to figure out a way to define your own impact. You can build upon the work of those who have come before you, but you must always to remember to make your impact your own.

Philanthropy is one of the best, most positive ways to make your mark on the world. Make sure the message you scrawl out on the sands of time is one of hope.

Seek Only Sustainable Philanthropy

Speaking of the sands of time, consider that every philanthropic act you take will have reverberating consequences that will last long after you’re gone.

When you’re looking for opportunities to do good in the world, be sure that the work you sign up to do is sustainable philanthropy. Sustainable philanthropy is the kind that can continue without your help—or anyone else’s outside help, for that matter.

With regard to sustainable philanthropy, the work you do in other communities, or even in your own community, should be able to be taken over by the people within that community with ease.

The best legacy you can leave is one of having helped others to help themselves.


  1. Alyssa Wilson

    Thank you Brad and Julie, you guys helped our marriage!

  2. Ric n Heather Henricksen

    Thanks for never giving up and never giving in to obstacles and naysayers.

  3. Will

    Thank you Brad and Julie. You both are incredible!

    • Andrew

      You are both an inspiration to us ! Thank you !

    • Rasheed James

      Let’s Go!

  4. Rebecca

    amazing work you do! Thank you for all of the insight!

  5. Malka

    Thanks for being able to help one on one just as much as an entire crowd. Your genuinely​ and passion for paying it forward couldn’t be more clear and I’m so grateful for your hard fought wisdom!

  6. Michael Shearer

    You guys are such fantastic examples of philanthropy! Giving of your time and resources to help so many others! You both let’s your lights shine so brightly. I’m blessed to know you.

  7. Justin R

    Thanks to the both of you for all the work you do to set a great example of serving others. It motivates me to put others first in my personal relationships but also just in everyday life! So thankful for you!

  8. Candice Cox

    Thank you for your legacy! Brad and Julie you helped others and that ripple effect made it to my family! I am married today for almost 20 years with 4 beautiful kids who all have a desire to positively impact this world! This is one of your many ripples! God bless you and your family!

  9. Debbie Burger

    The world is a better place because of you! Thank you for al you do to serve others!

  10. Holly smart

    I love the idea of creating your own impact. You guys are such an incredible example of that. It was very eye opening, people just want to be a great part of a great cause

  11. Jonathon Sutton

    Love you Brad And Julie so much!! You are rockstars for me and my 4 boys!!

  12. Sue Duncan

    I loved this. I remember telling a teacher in high school that I wanted to be a philanthropist and being told “you can’t do that.” I said why not?!

  13. Andrea

    Great foundational information for those just beginning to think about what their philanthropic journey can look like. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your heart!

  14. Casey

    Learn from those who have gone before you…VERY IMPORTANT! Thank you!

  15. Thanh Le

    Helping others lead a life of significance! Thank you so much Brad and Julie!

  16. Robert De La Cruz

    This site is long over due. Cynthia and I are so proud to be part of your organization. For over a decade we have watched you both live your life on principal and on purpose. The things you teach us all are not just things you say but they are how you live and that is the true mark of a great leader, “I will not only share my knowledge but model it for you as well” We look forward to spending the rest of our lives on the beaches of the world with you two and can’t wait to see you again.

  17. Shannon Lauffer

    Thank you for being an incredible example ❤

  18. Michael Zellner

    Thank you for being a phenomenal example to so many people.

  19. Cheryl kreger

    Thank you Brad & Julie for always dreaming big through deep valleys & never letting go of the great vision to fill collisiums and impact lives ..Brad, I remember you crying with tears watching the people on a Sunday morning saying, “this is what it’s about”. I love your heart ❤️

  20. Garrett Reed

    This is a great and simple perspective. As a budding philanthropist, your advice is very welcome and inspiring. I love thinking about this kind of stuff and then doing it!

  21. Craig Waldron

    This is our purpose, to impact as many people as possible. You are a great example of this very important purpose!

  22. Ed And Annette Wood

    Your giving hearts is just as god would want life to be! thank you for all you do to help others, your time sown into us is of a valued commodity!!

  23. James Mason

    Amazing article! Gave me a lot to think about when it comes to moving to just giving but taking it a step further to full on philanthropy

  24. Wayneen

    Thank you Brad and Julie for always serving us and being accountable to your word. We love you guys!

  25. Tarryn Larsen

    Your family enriches so many lives! Thank you!

  26. Ellen M.

    Such great points in this post! Learning about effective, long-term success in philanthropy is a big interest for me; starting in my family and local community. Thank you for sharing these thoughts!

  27. Matt & Rebekah Wong

    I have never before read a blog post on “tips on philanthropy.” What beautiful insight on needing to help others to help themselves in order to make the biggest difference! Thank you for paying it forward!

  28. Angie

    I am so glad this points out to participate in sustainable philanthropy. Let your impact have the most miles!

  29. Christina W.

    That is definitely what I want to do! Thank you for the tips!

  30. Jeff & Jackie Bell

    Thanks so much for your mentorship and leadership.this lump of coal sure needs it.

  31. Lorene S.

    Great reminder! Keep them coming!

  32. Shea Quiamno

    “Philanthropy is one of the best, most positive ways to make your mark on the world. Make sure the message you scrawl out on the sands of time is one of hope.”

    Thank you Brad and Julie Duncan for setting an example for your team and exemplifying helping others.

  33. Kieran

    Thank you Brad and Julie for your son and Daughter in law, David and Mara, they too are amazing and have helped me on my journey to grow and prosper. I am excited to grow up with them and you guys and experience the best that life has to offer while offering others the same.

  34. kayla

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing

  35. Holly Orick

    Thank you Brad and Julie for being such amazing servant leaders and for continueing to build your business and help others move forward! The aren’t enough words to describe the amount of gratitude I have! This business has changed my life forever and I’m so blessed to be part of this phenomenal organization.

  36. Latisha Thomas

    Having met you in person was so awesome! It’s sometimes hard to believe that people that have so much don’t care about the money or the yachts or their homes, but are motivated to pay it forward and help others. Such an inspiration!

  37. Kristine Cerdena

    Yes!!!! Sustainable philanthropy is definitely key. Thank you Brad and Julie for continuing to serve and for being awesome examples for all of us!