When formulating your estate, gift and income tax plan, first and foremost define your goals. If one goal is furthering your philanthropy, any of three broad planning categories, each with its own set of techniques and vehicles, are available to achieve a combination of your charitable, tax, and other financial goals.
The three broad categories of charitable planning techniques are …read more »
Maggie knew she wanted a donor-advised fund to help manage her charitable giving. She also knew she wanted one that matched her conservative principles.
Thoughtful givers like Maggie don’t simply think about how they will give, or even just about why they give. A thoughtful giver wants purpose and means to intersect. In doing so, her giving has more power.…read more »
Is a donor-advised fund right for you? How does it work? What are the differences between all the types of donor-advised funds?
These are some of the common questions we addressed on a recent webinar done in partnership with Family Business Magazine. You can sign up to watch the full event here, and I hope you will.
We …read more »
An accurate, albeit overused phrase is “to wipe the slate clean”. While perhaps outdated in its technology (what 25-year-old has ever experienced a classroom ‘slate’?), the reference to starting over again is clear.
I’m sympathetic to the notions of grace, forgiveness, success and failure that provide the basis for the philosophical concept of starting over (again). But, let’s be honest, …read more »
When I first visited the Stephenson’s home outside of San Francisco, I thought I had the wrong house. After circling the block and returning to the same modest house that supposedly belonged to a long-time, not-insignificant client, I realized something.
The house was right. My mindset was wrong.
Donor-advised funds often get cited as a tool for the wealthy – …read more »
“But I worry about giving up the relationship I have with the groups I support.”
More than a few people express this fear when we are discussing the benefits of a DonorsTrust donor-advised fund. I understand the sentiment. After years of directly supporting certain groups, it feels strange to jump to a more indirect approach.
However, using a donor-advised fund …read more »
I spent much of my pre-July Fourth celebration in my basement, dealing with a backed-up sewer line. It’s not exactly what I had planned, but, alas, it’s been an ongoing issue for a few years. And, well, y’know “stuff” happens.
There is no metaphor here for philanthropy, per se. Nor for donor intent or issues affecting DonorsTrust’s principles of limited …read more »
Good news! Giving USA’s annual survey of charitable giving in America reports that overall contributions by Americans in 2017 increased by an inflation-adjusted 3%. Individuals, foundations, and corporations donated more than $400 billion into the non-profit sector, the most ever.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers a nice synopsis of the survey’s findings, as well as an interesting perspective (and …read more »
Donor-advised funds offer many terrific benefits, but, at the end of the day, DAFs exist to facilitate one goal – making contributions to your favorite charitable causes. Understanding the processes involved in making those grants, both the seen and unseen, allows clients to more easily use their fund to advance their philanthropic goals.
On the surface, the process is simple. …read more »
DonorsTrust exists to ensure a steady flow of philanthropic capital into the liberty movement as well as to the myriad of organizations bringing private solutions to bear on social problems. Some progressives view is as nefarious, even as they aggressively seek to expand their network of similar institutions. We – and our clients – merely view the DonorsTrust model as …read more »