Learning about our own higher purpose is a life-long pursuit.
Donating money feels good and aligns your income and assets with a cause you feel passionate about. It creates legacy benefits by removing the asset from your taxable estate. Donations can eliminate taxes on a highly appreciated asset, like a business or a farm. Plus, you get recognition for making a large gift while you are alive, for instance, by endowing a chair at your alma mater.
Statistics show that Americans give more to religious organizations than any other charity. But, the range of recipients is vast.
Aligning our money with our values is liberating.
Other charitable recipients include the arts, environmental causes, international affairs and individuals.
Sources: Urban Institute accessed on June 4th, 2020.
Charitable planning can take many forms. Some plans are simple, some complex. Some plans are expensive and others are nearly free (other than the gift itself). And some charitable plans take on some risk while others are completely safe.
Outright gifts to familyOutright gifts to charityDonor advised fundGifts of stock options to familyGifts in trust to familyCharitable trustsGifts of stock options to charityGifts in family limited partnershipsPrivate foundations
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Bill and Linda worked at large corporations for many years. They believe in saving and not spending more than they earn. Now they have quit the corporate life and would like to save some of their assets from the taxes, passing on their wealth to their children, grandchildren, and church. We:
Completed a discovery meeting, learning more about their values, goals and relationshipsFacilitated conversations about what money means to each of themEnlisted the help of an attorneyCreated a charitable remainder trust as well as a wealth replacement trustFunded the trustsOngoing investment management and financial planning advice
Bill and Linda enjoyed the tax-deductible charitable donation, avoiding taxes on the gains of their investments. They are generating income for both of their lives. They are proud of the gifts they have made to their heirs and their church.
Roger lived alone, except for his cats. He amassed a tremendous network of friends and he was always the life of the party. His alma mater was a local university, to whom he would bequeath the financial assets he accumulated over his life. We:
Helped Roger with the planningManaged the assets prudentlyMade sure the annual donations were in alignment with his goalsCoordinated communications between the attorneys, the bankers and the university foundationSpent many hours together at football games, lunches and more
“Learning about our own higher purpose is a life-long pursuit,” said Roger. Our community is better off because of his philanthropy.
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Be sure your financial assets, values, stories and more transfer to the people and causes you care about. Minimize taxes and other costs.
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