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Split-Fund DAFs: Best of Both Worlds for Nonprofits

[fa icon="calendar'] September 20, 2019 at 4:57 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets, legacy, back office, outsourcing

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There’s little doubt that the more restrictions you put on a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) program, the less attractive it becomes to donors. If you limit where donors can invest, restrict where they can recommend grants and set initial contribution amounts too high, the potential for donors to want to participate is reduced. This could be the root cause for why many nonprofit organizations wanting to focus a donor’s charitable giving dollars on their specific missions shy away from a DAF option. But what if there was a way to set up the fund to direct a specific percentage of recommended grants to the sponsor charity, and still allow discretionary granting of charitable dollars to other qualified nonprofits of a donor’s choosing?

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With Fundraisers Abandoning Ship, is Now the Time to Outsource?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2019 at 3:57 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets, legacy, back office, outsourcing

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy released the results of a recent study they conducted in partnership with Harris Poll and the Association of Fundraising Professionals that said 51% of fundraisers in the United States plan to change jobs by 2021. That’s a concerning statistic for many nonprofit organizations. Fundraising professionals cite not enough staff, not enough resources, lack of organizational structure, low income potential, and unrealistic goals as reasons for the shift in career path.

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Establish a Charitable Legacy with a Private Family Donor-Advised Fund

[fa icon="calendar'] March 29, 2019 at 3:08 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets, legacy

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When people think of family legacies, names like Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller spring to mind. These families were pioneers in business and innovation at the turn of the century in the United States and, as such, forged their names in history. But these families were also responsible for shaping the landscape of modern-day philanthropy.

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Making Charitable Resolutions Stick

[fa icon="calendar'] February 7, 2019 at 2:02 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets

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As the year 2019 really gets rolling, you already may be looking at your resolutions in the rear-view mirror. If so, you aren’t alone. According to Forbes magazine, of the 40% of Americans who make resolutions every year, only 8% end the year achieving those goals. But for all the individuals out there who resolved to be more charitable, but have yet to take steps to that end, we’re here to help you keep your goals.

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Year-End Giving Deadlines Loom

[fa icon="calendar'] December 11, 2018 at 3:19 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, year-end giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets, year-end

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If you have ever worked for or with a philanthropic organization, you are well aware that the calendar from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve should just say, “BUSY.” And for good reason. According to the M+R 2018 Benchmark Study, 31% of annual giving is made in December with 12% of all annual giving happening in the last three days of the year. With all that charitable giving, there are a lot of financial advisors, fundraisers and gift processors burning the midnight oil to get every penny counted before January 1.

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Take Giving Tuesday to the Next Level with a Donor-Advised Fund

[fa icon="calendar'] November 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, year-end giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets

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Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a chance to step back from the commercial consumerism that claims so much of the focus this time of year and turn our attention to philanthropic opportunities. According to the NonProfit Times, gifts to charities hit a record $274 Million on Giving Tuesday a year ago and every indication shows that 2018 should be another record-breaking year.

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Using Your Donor-Advised Fund for Aid in Disaster Relief

[fa icon="calendar'] September 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets, Generational Giving, Disaster Relief

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Hurricane season is upon us and it’s a terrible reminder that Mother Nature can destroy property, communities and lives in an instant. The country recently watched in horror as Hurricane Florence tore through the Eastern Seaboard. Ranked just behind Hurricane Harvey in the level of rainfall, Florence has left many families in the Carolinas, Maryland and along the Northeastern Seaboard reeling.

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Building a Charitable Legacy

[fa icon="calendar'] August 30, 2018 at 3:07 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets, Life Insurance, Generational Giving, legacy

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An often-cited philanthropic goal among charitable-minded individuals is to develop a lasting impact that will live on after they are gone. Whether that means instilling in your children and grandchildren a tradition of giving, or developing a means of perpetual giving to continue your charitable habits after your time on Earth has passed, having the ability to make a financial difference and creating a legacy of giving can easily be accomplished by starting a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF).

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Now is a Great Time to Donate Specialty Assets

[fa icon="calendar'] July 20, 2018 at 2:48 PM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Reform, Tax Deduction, Specialty Assets

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Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) have been the fastest growing philanthropic vehicle for the past five years. One of the main reasons for their popularity is their ease of use. Many advisors describe DAFs to their clients as philanthropic savings accounts. Once the assets are given, the tax deduction can be made right away and the fund holds the charitable gift until the donor recommends grants to qualified charities.

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Own a Business? You May Still Benefit from a Qualified Business Income Deduction

[fa icon="calendar'] June 18, 2018 at 11:07 AM / by Matt Keller posted in Insider Tips, Philanthropy, Charitable Giving, Donor Advised Fund, DAF, Tax Reform, Tax Deduction, QBID

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Sifting through the new tax laws to find potential deductions can be tricky. While the standard deduction has increased for individuals, deductions for qualified business owners can be a little more complicated because of the new Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBID) introduced at the beginning of 2018.

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