1, 2, 3: Easy Ways to Check Out a Charity

Many American households give to charity each year or volunteer for a favorite cause. Chances are, you are doing it yourself, maybe even two or three times a year.   But how do you know the charity you choose is a good one? That’s a good question. And the answer is, you can check out a…

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Volunteering, Happiness and Success at Work

Happier and healthier at work, thanks to a workplace volunteering program? You bet. Volunteer activities are good for everyone–you, your company, and the community. That’s what emerging research is beginning to suggest, including a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service which outlines the heart-healthy benefits of rolling up your sleeves alongside your colleagues…

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Getting in Touch With Your Social Impact Personality Type

Social connections and community impact are two of today’s hottest cultural trends. Combined, they add up to a growing commitment to social impact all across America. But not everyone likes to “do good” in exactly the same way.   What’s your ideal social impact activity profile? It depends on your personality.   Research indicates that most people trend…

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Qualified Charitable Distributions: A Hidden Gem in Your Financial Plan

Designated funds and field-of-interest funds may not always be top of mind when you are developing philanthropy plans for yourself and your family, but they are extremely valuable tools in certain circumstances and it’s important to be aware of what the terms mean.   You can establish a field-of-interest fund at the community foundation for a charitable…

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Estate Gifts: Unlock the Benefits of Bequests 

Your fund at the community foundation can be an ideal recipient of estate gifts through a will or trust, or through a beneficiary designation on a qualified retirement plan or life insurance policy.    Bequests of qualified retirement plans can be extremely tax-efficient. This is because charitable organizations such as the community foundation are tax-exempt. This means…

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