Purposeful giving is a better practice than simply responsive giving. Responsive giving occurs whenever someone responds to a giving request by actually giving money. This of course is why the majority of donors give – because someone asked them to give. And thus, they are simply responsive to the request. I rarely entertain donations to charities and/or people who have not actually asked me to give. Yes, I have given to both charities and people who never asked directly or indirectly, specifically or generically for me to give. But most people’s habit is to be responsive to their giving when asked. Often this may fit their values and beliefs but rarely does it align with their greater giving purposes. Purposeful giving goes beyond strategic estate planning and tax maneuvering. It may entail an estate attorney, tax attorney, CPA or some other financial advisor and/or planner, but what it really entails is a purposeful plan to one’s philanthropic investing. Many have given between $10,000 to $20,000 over the course of a year, and then have repeated this practice over a decade. And over a ten year period, giving money to a hodge-podge of charities, all because someone asked you, often leaves these donors feeling like they have given hundreds of thousands of dollars and nothing to show for it. No purpose what actually realized from a decade or more of giving. This is where purposeful planning philanthropy comes into play. It looks at the bigger picture versus all the little needs and immediate needs at hand. And then it creates a strategy or plan for purposeful philanthropy to flourish.