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May 3, 2022 - A charity must determine whether selling or retaining gifts of mineral interests will provide the greatest benefit over the long term. While mineral interests may be readily sold through various brokers, most buyers will only be willing to pay a purchase price of approximately 1½ to 2 times annual production. As a result, it ... Read More

April 28, 2022 - Even before a donor approaches your charity with a gift of mineral interests, you should be prepared to receive such a gift by having acceptance policies in place and understanding the appraisal process.

ACCEPTANCE POLICIES

Charities should have acceptance policies addressing the critical issue ... Read More

April 26, 2022 - We could say your real estate property is like an apple pie. The surface of your property is the pie’s crust, and the minerals beneath your property’s surface make up the gooey apple filling. If you’re considering gifting your pie's crust to charity without the filling, remember what HighGround General Cou ... Read More

April 21, 2022 - Many are watching the oil and gas industry these days as world events continue to affect production, supply and prices. While these minerals are on the mind, we thought it would be a good time to consider them in a different way, to see how minerals can be put on mission to support the work of nonprofits.

As drilling tec ... Read More

April 6, 2022 - Have you read the recently released World Happiness Report 2022?

The report is largely based on data from the Gallup World Poll, which surveys about 1,000 people per country in nearly 200 countries. Among other things, participants are asked to evaluate and scor ... Read More

March 10, 2022 - As an independent nonprofit organization since 1859, Baylor Line Foundation has a rich history of informing, inspiring, and empowering Baylor University’s students and graduates. Each year at their Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, the Foundation recognizes the accomplishments of Baylor alumni who serve and lead across a varie ... Read More

March 7, 2022 - We asked HighGround Oil and Gas Manager Will Francis to provide context for what is happening in the oil and gas industry right now as well as what we can expect in the months to come.

PRICE

Oil price - The WTI (West Texas Intermediate) price was $76 on January 3rd of this year. The price as of March 7th wa ... Read More

February 25, 2022 

INCREASED VOLATILITY EXPECTED 

This week’s Russian invasion of Ukraine marks a new reality of increased geopolitical risks and uncertainties that will likely linger for years to come. In Europe, President Putin may bring the military conflict to other Eastern European countries, while in As ... Read More

To acknowledge dedicated and thoughtful employees who embody our core values, HighGround established the Tal Award, named for former HighGround COO Tal Roberts. The award recipient is selected by HighGround peers through a nomination process.

At our annual all-staff Vision Meeting earlier this month, Chrissy Surles was named as ... Read More

February 9, 2022 - In case you missed the most recent edition of  Insights, our quarterly newsletter, here’s our current market outlook for 2022.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: A Moderating Growth Rate but Healthy Global Economy

Consensus forecasts s ... Read More

January 13, 2022 - After more than 20 years of service to HighGround, former CIO Joe Wright retired at the end of last year. We sat down, fireside, with Joe to reflect on his career and to celebrate his significant contributions to HighGround and the important work of our client partners.

What was your work exp ... Read More

December 7, 2021 - National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) recently released its 2021 Donor-Advised Fund Report, which captures data from the 2020 fiscal year. Let’s take a look at the new information provided by NPT.

The total number of individual DA ... Read More

December 2, 2021 - After more than 15 years of enthusiastic service to HighGround and our client partners, HighGrounder Yvonne Moreno retires later this month. In her time at HighGround, she has not only provided excellent administrative support for our investment team, she has also committed herself to learning about the investmen ... Read More

November 30, 2021 - The holidays are upon us. While we prepare for the celebrations, string lights, coordinate travel schedules, and fill up Amazon carts with Christmas gifts for the family, it’s also time to make our year-end giving plans.  

Cash, check and credit card are the most common ways to give and for good reason. It& ... Read More

August 10, 2021

The U.S. economy is growing at its fastest pace in over 30 years, following the sharpest global recession since the Great Depression last year. Growth forecasts for the U.S. were again revised upward, with the ... Read More

August 11, 2021 - After twenty years of joyful service to HighGround and our client partners, HighGrounder Frances Jenkins is retiring this week. In her time at HighGround, she has supported our mission as accounting assistant, account administrator/manager and, most recently, as office coordinator. We sat down, fireside,  ... Read More

August 4, 2021 - In June, HighGround announced the hiring of our new CIO, Helge Rokenes. You can read the full press release here. We recently sat down, fireside, with Helge to get to know him better.

Welcome to HighGround! Ok, first thing&rsqu ... Read More

May 20, 2021 - Last month, inflation rose at its fastest rate since the economic recession of 2008. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that in April, headline inflation, which includes energy and food prices, jumped 4.2% from a year ago. Understandably, this spike has some long-term investors and endowed institutions concerned ... Read More

May 11, 2021 - To acknowledge dedicated and thoughtful employees who embody our core values, HighGround established the Tal Award, named for former HighGround COO Tal Roberts. The award recipient is selected by HighGround peers through a nomination process.

At our virtual, all-staff vision meeting last February, Lacy Cagle was ... Read More

April 21, 2021 - Tal Roberts served HighGround Advisors from 1969 – 1997. He embodied our core values: he put the client first and was servant-hearted, he acted with integrity and promoted innovation, he was a visionary and led with professional excellence. To acknowledge dedicated and thoughtful employees like Tal, HighGround est ... Read More

April 1, 2021 - Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are vehicles that allow individuals to maximize their charitable impact by giving in a tax-advantageous way. As the vehicle continues to grow in popularity, perhaps you have wondered, "Is a DAF right for me?" In this series, we will highlight case studies of individuals who chose to give through a DAF a ... Read More

March 23, 2021 - In 2019, there were 873,228 donor-advised funds with a combined total of $141.95 billion. That’s nearly $142 billion already set aside and earmarked for charity. Your nonprofit’s mission is important, and you need funding to sustain the imp ... Read More

March 19, 2021 - HighGrounder Amie Meldrum’s son, Darran, is an Airman in the United States Air Force. He has dedicated himself in service to our country. And in 2019, HighGround had the opportunity to serve him as he served us all. 

Darran and his group of airmen were stationed overseas and in need of some provisions. HighGro ... Read More

March 4, 2021 - Each year, HighGround develops a strategic theme to help guide us and grow us. The theme is a simple phrase that reminds us of an important idea to be applied to our work.

When we unveiled our 2020 theme, Flexible Focus, at our all-staff vision meeting last year, we discussed the importance of pursuing our g ... Read More

March 2, 2021 - While the oil and gas industry is accustomed to highs and lows, the downturn caused by the pandemic last year was historic. What now? HighGround's Oil and Gas Manager, Will Francis, is our guide as we look back at what happened in 2020 and look ahead to what 2021 might hold for the industry.

LOOKING BACK ... Read More

February 26, 2021 - In case you missed the most recent edition of Insights, our quarterly newsletter, here’s our current market outlook.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: We anticipate above average economic growth.

Consensus forecasts for real GDP growth suggest global growth in 2021 will be in the range o ... Read More

February 11, 2021 - Last week, National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) released its 2020 Donor-Advised Fund Report, which captures data from the 2019 fiscal year. Since the new Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) Report is focused on 2019 data, it does not cove ... Read More

January 28, 2021 - The donor-advised fund (DAF) continues its meteoric rise in popularity, yet there are still some misconceptions about the tax-efficient giving vehicle. In this article, we’re clearing up the confusion and debunking the seven most common myths surrounding DAFs.

MYTH #1: DAFs are just a fad. ... Read More

January 21, 2021 - Choosing the right charitable giving vehicle for your philanthropic goals is an important part of giving strategically. Private foundations and donor-advised funds are two giving vehicles that are often compared due to their similarities. While both allow donors to designate assets for current and future grants to charities, t ... Read More

JANUARY 13, 2021 - Every January we begin again. The first month of a fresh year finds most of us resolving, planning and improving. Whether reorganizing or budget-creating or vision-casting, we're often motivated in January to clean up and dream big. 

An organization's mission remains the same year to year, but how best to pursue i ... Read More

DECEMBER 18, 2020 - The life-transforming work of charities is important. We know that any gift which allows you to advance your mission is welcomed and appreciated. But there are strategic ways your donors can contribute to your organization which minimize taxes and maximize gifts.

Don’t be frightened by the names and number of th ... Read More

November 19, 2020 - In our Donor-Advised Funds 101 crash course, we’ve covered what donor-advised funds are, how they work, and why they are a popular giving vehicle. These are the things all donor-advised funds (DAFs) ... Read More

November 17, 2020 - Last month, our Donor-Advised Funds 101 crash course began with the basics of donor-advised funds - what they are and how they work. This week, we’ll highlight the benefits of donor-advised funds - why they are a smart giving vehicle. But first, a qu ... Read More

November 12, 2020 - The leaves are changing and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. In addition to holiday plan-making, November is the time many of us begin to prepare for our end-of-year giving. In fact, about 30% of all giving occurs in December.

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October 29, 2020 -

Pop Quiz: What giving vehicle is nearly a century old yet is also one of the fastest-growing ways to donate to charity today?

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October 21, 2020 - Whether or not one believes cryptocurrency is a sound investment, the cryptocurrency market is expected to grow 11.2% by 2027, according to Forbes Business Insights. Others estimate the growth will be ev ... Read More

October 14, 2020 - Whether politics, pandemic, or presidential election, divisiveness and uncertainty abound in our country today. You may be wondering how current events and future outcomes will affect your investments. At HighGround, we wish to give you peace of mind by stewarding well what you have entrusted to us and by resourcing you wi ... Read More

What does endowment management look like in times of crisis?

HighGround Vice President Kellie Morrison was #OutofOffice at this year’s TXCPA Conference and shared some key considerations to keep in mind when managing endowments through volatile times: staying the course, maintaining liquidity, rebala ... Read More

When managing cash flow in times of crisis, sometimes cutting costs is not enough to keep nonprofits in the black. HighGround Associate General Counsel Marion Armstrong was recently #OutofOffice at the 2020 TXCPA Conference and shared how nonprofits can increase their income by revising their endowment’s spending policy.

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July 15, 2020 - Most of us are not accustomed to living with the level of uncertainty we are experiencing now due to COVID-19. What will school look like in the fall? Should we visit our family members? Is it safe to return to work? The unknown can fatigue us, whether we are worrying about the future or incessantly planning for it. In t ... Read More

June 17, 2020 - At HighGround, we continue to weave our 2020 theme of Flexible Focus into everything we do. As we are all eager to see one another in person again, one recent focus has been to navigate a safe way back into the office. We anticipated initiating phase 1 of our return plan this week but due to the rising number of coronavirus c ... Read More

June 3, 2020 - Our values are the heart of HighGround and guide us as we work with those who are transforming lives. To name a few, we strive to put others first, to be servant-hearted and to act with integrity. These values require that we see ourselves in the right relation to God and one another, that we stand for what is ... Read More

May 20, 2020 - At HighGround, we understand that no two organizations are the same, so we gladly serve with your unique mission in mind. Should a need arise during this unprecedented time, our team stands ready to customize a solution just for you. Fast Facts:

While speaking to C ... Read More

May 13, 2020 - In light of the gradual reopening of Texas businesses, HighGround’s senior leadership team is developing a plan for our eventual return to the office. Our executives are attending seminars and researching best practices to ensure we take every precaution possible, as the safety of our team is paramount. Our return w ... Read More

April 29, 2020 - Texas has joined the growing list of states beginning to reopen their economies. Officials said Monday they will allow the current statewide stay-at-home order to expire this Thursday, enabling many businesses to start opening in phases the following day.Our main focus continues to be the safety and well-being of ... Read More

April 22, 2020 - The best way to bear afflictions is to look to the end of them.This is what seventeenth-century English minister Matthew Henry wrote in his Complete Commentary. When all things are made new, the suffering and sorrow of those who believe will be overcome by joy. Our future glory outw ... Read More

March 30, 2020 - As an investment management organization founded in 1930, we are no stranger to global crises and market upheavals. Our highly disciplined investment program is based on our belief that fundamentally sound investment and risk management practices, when applied consistently, improve the ability to meet your investment objectives. ... Read More

April 15, 2020 - Over the last two weeks, HighGround team members have chosen an attitude of gratitude. We challenged one another to jot down one thing we are grateful for each day.We acknowledge the hardships, sickness, and sorrow people are experiencing globally and grieve with those who grieve. Our gratefulness chall ... Read More

April 8, 2020 - It has been inspiring to see how our client partners have creatively and flexibly adapted their focus to fulfill their mission during this “disruption.” Churches are live streaming gospel messages directly into homes around the world. Our ministry partners are developing new ways to connect with and serve those in ... Read More

April 1, 2020 - At HighGround’s all-staff vision meeting in February, leadership revealed our theme for 2020: Flexible Focus. While our mission to protect, strengthen and grow your mission is unchanging, we recognized the need to be flexible in our focus to fulfill that mission. Only a month after unveiling ... Read More

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