According to Giving USA, charitable giving in the United States reached an estimated $295 billion in 2006, a new record.1 Individuals face numerous decisions when preparing to give to charities. Not only are a multitude of organizations and causes requesting contributions, but there are various methods, or strategies, of charitable giving. These strategies may be as straightforward as putting cash in a collection basket or as complex as establishing a multigenerational private foundation.
Donors may find it challenging to obtain independent, objective information on the various methods of charitable giving. For example, many brokerage and mutual fund companies emphasize the convenience of donor-advised funds. It should come as no surprise that the same investment companies also manage the assets of these funds. In turn, because many charities prefer to receive donations as soon as possible, they may de-emphasize the merits of some long-term charitable strategies. Clients are looking to their advisors for information and counsel that is completely independent and free of conflicts of interest.
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