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How Charities Can Use DAFs to Their Advantage

April 18, 2023

There is one topic that charities continue to ask me about – Donor Advised Funds. They ask questions about DAFs when I’m on stage speaking to an audience. They ask questions about DAFs when I’m helping them with their non-cash gifts. The questions just keep on coming, SO, I thought…

Charitable Tax Form Bingo

March 14, 2023

In the spirit of tax season, I thought I’d clear up confusion you may have about all the tax forms related to charitable giving. I get a LOT of questions about these tax forms, so I think it’s time to explain them in terms that everyone will understand. Taxes are…

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

February 2, 2023

Many charities avoid asking donors to give non-cash assets like stock or real estate because they don’t have the infrastructure to handle those gifts. They also shy away from talking about more sophisticated giving techniques, like charitable gift annuities, because they don’t have their own program. If this describes your…

New QCD Rules: The Fine Print…

January 3, 2023

True to form, Congress passed another comprehensive year-end piece of legislation in late 2022 that made significant changes to rules for retirement assets, including some new provisions for Qualified Charitable Distributions. The legislation has been dubbed “SECURE Act 2.0”, because it addresses some of the same areas of law that…

Gift Planning for the Ages

October 27, 2022

Charitable gift planning has historically been reserved for older people, but it shouldn’t be. People of all ages create charitable gift plans every day. You can talk to literally anyone about a gift plan at any time. In my experience, gift plans are created during significant “life events”. These events…

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Cows and Pigs and Chickens, Oh MY!: Gifts of Farm Assets

July 14, 2022

If you live or work in an agricultural area, it may come as no surprise that farmers donate things like harvested crops, livestock, and farm machinery to charity. It makes sense if you think about it. It’s what farmers have and they’re valuable assets that charities can sell. Each of…

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The Five Foolproof Steps to Every Non-Cash Gift

May 23, 2022

Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked on hundreds of non-cash gifts and the successful ones all had something in common. They all followed the same 5-step blueprint. Every single one of them. No matter the asset type or value, they all proceeded the same way. I didn’t see it…

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Five Things to Know Before You Accept A Gift of Real Estate

February 7, 2022

Real estate can be a very complex asset to accept. That’s because no two properties are alike. They all have their own intricacies, such as location, condition, use, value, etc. These intricacies all bring their own kind of potential risk to a nonprofit. Luckily, the process for evaluating real estate…

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Guide to Charitable Gifts of Life Insurance

April 26, 2021

  Gifts of Life Insurance can strike fear in the heart of even the most stalwart Gift Planner. It’s a complex asset and can seem intimidating, but with a few key pieces of knowledge you can master it.  The Basics Life Insurance comes in two basic types – “term” and…