Determine Your Destination
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Determine your destination

You cannot begin a journey unless you know where you want to go. This section will help you home in on your interests or focus areas. Figure out what motivates you to give and how to ensure your personal values are reflected in your giving.  

Finding your focus

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Use these activities to help you define your focus areas and create a framework for decision-making, define your philanthropic goals and assess your program towards them.

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Set up your mission statement on your Giving Account dashboard

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See how satisfying giving can be when it aligns with your values and interests

Guide dogs and giving

Kathy Wentworth followed her love of dogs to find a philanthropic focus: helping Guide Dogs for the Blind provide canine co-pilots to people who are losing their sight. Through decades of volunteering and recommending grants from her Giving Account, she has built a legacy of generosity – and a cross-country friendship.

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Marsha Bukala and Jewel

Lady Lake, FL

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Breaking the cycle of loss

Turning the loss of a loved one into something positive was the goal when Todd and Michelle Buelow established the Matt Tunno Make a Difference Memorial Fund. In their work at the Charlotte Rescue Mission, they've succeeded.

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Michelle and Todd Buelow

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Rescue Mission

An airman's daughter

Fidelity Charitable donors Jim and Gini Mulligan share a unique connection: their fathers were prisoners of war together in Vietnam. Now, the Mulligans help the children of fallen warriors go to college debt-free by recommending grants to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. For Alison Loftis, daughter of Air Force Lt. Col. J.D. Loftis, the support is “a huge blessing.”

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Gini and Jim Mulligan

Wilmington, NC

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Learn about the causes you care about

Expert research and advice are out there - you just need to know where to look.

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Nageeb Sumar
Vice President, Philanthropic Strategies


Reflections on Darren Walker’s lecture on inequality

"Power and privilege are hard things to discuss… we’re going to be talking about hard issues, and I’m here to make you uncomfortable."

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Katie Collins
Director, Philanthropic Strategies


Fidelity Charitable Expert Series: Helping donors think short- and long-term, about the current food crisis

Explore the issue of food insecurity and find strategies and approaches to address the current food crisis.

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Tobi Becerra
Director, Philanthropic Strategies


Fidelity Charitable Expert Series: How donors can support the arts now

The effects of an arts shutdown go well beyond economics, but charitable giving can help.

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Tell us what’s working and what’s not!

We want to know how to best support you in your philanthropic journey.