Donor-advised funds – Powerful giving tool needs sharpening

The fastest-growing tool in the philanthropic arena is the donor-advised fund. DAFs are 501(c)(3) philanthropic accounts established at a public charity. They allow donations of cash, property, appreciated assets and more – and donors receive immediate tax deductions. The DAF legally controls the money from the point of donation. Subsequently, donors can advise the DAF…

Coherent Philanthropy: Six lessons for families

Philanthropy is “coherent” when it is logical, well-organized, well-planned and sensible – as well as easy to understand and articulate. Over the years, I have helped dozens of families, foundations, businesses and family offices achieve coherence in their philanthropy. In the realm of family philanthropy, here are six key lessons. (In a future column, I will…

Upfront Philanthropy: The leading questions for the wealth strategy team

At The DeBoskey Group, we often talk about the philanthropic strategist’s role in family planning as a partner in a group of advisors that address the various components of wealth planning and strategy. The wealth management and investment advisors will be the experts helping to determine what proportion of a client’s assets can be positioned for…

New study outlines unprecedented financial risk to many nonprofits

Across the United States, more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations engage in remarkable work to transform lives, communities and the planet. Unfortunately, these organizations currently face a wide range of growing pressures. Consider these facts: In 2013, nonprofit organizations employed more than 10.6 percent of the workforce (14.4 million). More individuals are employed by nonprofits…

Emerging Philanthropists: Laying a Strong Foundation

For emerging philanthropists, I like to recommend a layering approach to defining and strengthening philanthropy: Establish a Connection – Philanthropy tends to be rooted in a deep emotional or philosophical connection to an issue or cause.  Maybe that connection has already been established through lived personal experiences or those of family and friends. Connections, however,…

Six trends to affect philanthropic landscape in 2018

When it comes to the world of philanthropy, 2018 promises to be transformational. Pessimists are concerned about the impact of new federal tax laws, the increase in income inequality, and the growing need for critical social services. Optimists see more reason for hope, believing that we have entered the “golden age of giving.” Watch for…