Planned giving can help keep vital funds flowing to charitable organizations, especially in times of economic uncertainty. During recessionary times, giving from donor-advised fund accounts has persisted and has then recovered much more quickly than overall giving.
Planning also puts donors in a better position to maximize their tax benefits by donating non-cash assets. These three planning strategies can help ensure that you fulfill commitments to your favorite charities when they need it most:
Most charities place a high value on sustained support through recurring donations, but sometimes a single gift is just what is needed to help a program or organization meet a critical goal. Here are some questions to ask your favorite charities about their finances:
You may be able to give more, for longer, by leveraging the tax benefits and potential growth of your contributions when they are invested over time. This charitable donation calculator will help you estimate how much more.
Once you’re retired, you may have more time to donate to charities when they need your skills the most. Consider a “volunteer vacation” when you can help out in your immediate community or elsewhere in the world—particularly if your philanthropic goals include the environment, health, or education.
Opening a donor-advised fund account before retiring can help minimize capital gains tax and increase giving potential for years to come.