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Local nonprofit rolls out red carpet to "Inspire" students

Eric, who has autism, began attending Inspire Innovation Lab five years ago after experiencing instances of eloping and self-harm, sometimes making a traditional school setting challenging.  He started the Inspire Innovation Lab summer program and was welcomed with open arms by Carrie Leopold (Executive Director) and the team.  With the support of staff and their unique approach, Eric grew comfort…

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How to grow your charitable giving by bundling tax savings

Many donors elect to use a donor- advised fund at the community foundation as an organizing tool, frequently recommending grants to their favorite charities in ways that mirror the ways they would make donations outright. Often, contributions to a donor- advised fund are in the form of highly- appreciated stock or other hard-to-value assets that generate a favorable tax outcome.  Using a donor-ad…

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Keeping track of your charitable donations is more important than ever

When the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law in August, many taxpayers were relieved that the Act did not include heavily- debated proposed tax hikes that were so prominent in early versions of the legislation. What’s weighing on a lot of taxpayers’ minds, however, even more heavily than the few changes to income tax rules, is the Act’s $80 billion in funding increases for the IRS. The IR…

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Bunching, long-term appreciated assets, and the fruits of helping younger clients plan their charitable giving

Developing a thorough estate plan isn’t important only for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Millennials, who now make up nearly a quarter of the population in the United States, may prove to be more enthusiastic planners than their parents and grandparents, according to the 2022 Estate Planning Study: Millennial Estate Planning Continues in a Pandemic.  What does this mean for planning gifts to charity…

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The community foundation edge: Personal knowledge, QCD eligibility, and public support

Advisors frequently comment that they’re surprised to discover the many ways the community foundation can help their clients, especially compared with national donor-advised fund programs affiliated with brokerage houses or financial services firms. Here are three examples of the types of comments community foundations have heard over the years from attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors: …

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Back to basics: Reminding clients about wills, trusts, and charitable bequests

August is national Make a Will Month, and the publicity surrounding this designation may prompt your clients to ask you about whether their affairs are in good order. Of course, making sure a client has established an estate plan and executed corresponding legal documents is a priority for any attorney, accountant, or financial advisor who practices in the field of estate planning, tax, or wealt…

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Farms, tax planning, and funding a family legacy

Given that there are more than 2 million farms in the United States, most advisors have at least one client who owns farm property. Although the number of farms has been dropping slowly but steadily since 2000, still, millions of dollars of wealth are tied up in farms as agricultural land continues to be valuable.  Farmland, like many other hard-to-value assets, tends to carry with it a lot of em…

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Planning a benevolent exit

If you’re a business owner, at some point you may begin thinking about an exit strategy. Before you start putting out feelers to potential acquirers, you may wish to explore the benefits of contributing an ownership interest in your business to a donor-advised fund or other type of fund at the FM Area Foundation.  If you’ve owned your business for several years–or decades–you could be sitting on …

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Doing good, feeling better, and making a difference

At first glance, philanthropy and positive psychology appear to have very little in common. Philanthropy is a term generally associated with giving money to charities, doing good in the community, and creating social value. Positive psychology usually conjures up images of an academic approach to emotional strengths and virtues that enable people to thrive. But there is indeed a connection. Afte…

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Cash crunch: Gifting non-income producing assets

For clients who rely on fixed-income assets, such as bonds, as well as wages, to cover their living expenses, the inflation pinch indeed may mean fewer dollars available for charitable giving. Still, for clients who own property, stocks, and other assets that tend to go up in value in an inflationary environment, now may be a good time to take advantage of tax-savvy giving of highly-appreciated as…

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