Supporting the causes you are passionate about—whether that’s giving back to your local community, making a social impact or showing gratitude to a hospital that cared for a loved one—can be enormously fulfilling. But did you know that charitable giving can also be a powerful financial tool?
A wealth management strategy
Leveraging your planned donations to benefit your overall wealth management goals is a shrewd strategy. Together, we can implement a plan that could positively impact your:
- Income taxes - You may receive an income tax deduction and the federal gift tax doesn't apply to charitable gifts.
- Estate planning – Reduce your taxable estate, creating a more substantial legacy for your loved ones.
- Investment portfolio – Diversify your investments without incurring immediate and substantial capital gains taxes.
- Annual income – Certain strategies may produce income that exceeds previous income flows.
Example: Promoting philanthropy with a donor advised fund
Consider Roger and Kathryn Jones, an affluent couple with two young children—Sophia and Oliver—who wanted to impart their deeply held philanthropic beliefs upon their children while reducing their taxable income. Because they wanted to donate more than $100,000 of their income over a five-year period, they were able to utilize a donor advised fund—a unique investment vehicle to give to charities over time while maximizing current income tax deductions. The Jones’ asked their children to each pick a personal cause that was important to them—an animal rescue and a homeless shelter. In order to support their children’s causes, Roger and Kathryn created the “Sophie and Oliver Charitable Fund” and structured $10,000 donations to each annually over the life of the fund. The family toured the animal rescue and homeless shelter each year and learned how their charitable giving impacted both organizations.
*Case studies are for illustrative purposes only. Case studies do not necessarily represent the experiences of other clients, and they do not indicate future performance.
If you would like to learn more about how we can make charitable giving an important part of your family legacy as well as your wealth management plan, please contact me today.