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Have your cake and eat it too: A dual approach to charitable giving

Have your cake and eat it too: A dual approach to charitable giving

The change of seasons is often an opportunity to catch our breath and reassess. We’re done with taxes, really done with cold weather (hopefully), and we feel a sense of renewal as our attention turns to gardening and other growth-oriented, warm-weather pursuits. And many of us are wondering how in the world it can already be May. Wasn’t 2022 just five minutes ago?

Soon enough, the seasons will change yet again. Just as springtime is limited, so is the time to build a legacy for our families and communities and make a difference through charitable giving. Planning–and acting–with a sense of urgency is helpful, given life’s unpredictability and the many good causes many of us want to support.

At the FM Area Foundation, we’re frequently struck by the number of fund holders and donors who enthusiastically embrace strategies for both lifetime gifts and bequests. Indeed, planning techniques for each frequently work hand in hand. We’re inspired by champions of the ”do it now” approach to charitable giving; sadly, many people never have the opportunity to watch their money in action. We’re equally inspired by the longstanding commitment to estate giving that has been a part of the culture of philanthropy in our country for decades.  

So, how can you act now to ensure that you will experience both the joy of seeing firsthand the difference you’re making and the joy of knowing that you’re leaving a legacy to further the community priorities you’ve supported your whole life? A donor-advised fund with a bequest provision, established at the FM Area Foundation, is an excellent solution for many donors. 

Here’s how this works:

  • Donor-advised funds continue to be popular tools to help charitably minded individuals organize their giving and support their favorite causes. 
  • Because of the community foundation’s deep knowledge of our region’s needs and the organizations addressing critical issues, a donor-advised fund established at the FM Area Foundation is an especially useful vehicle. 
  • If you are a current fund holder at the FM Area Foundation, or if you are considering establishing a fund, you already know that a donor-advised fund is easy to start and easy to use. 
  • You’re also likely aware of the donor-advised fund’s tax benefits, in that you are eligible for a tax deduction in the year of the gift, and then you can work with the FM Area Foundation to use the funds to support your favorite 501(c)(3) organizations over the long term. 
  • What you might not know, though, is that the FM Area Foundation can work with you to include provisions in your donor-advised fund document to name your children or other family members as successor advisors to make recommendations following your death, and you can provide that specific organizations or causes receive a portion of the grants each year after you’re gone. 
  • In this way, a donor-advised fund is not only a convenient giving vehicle during your lifetime but also flexible enough to accommodate your wishes for leaving a legacy after your death.
  • You can even name the FM Area Foundation itself to receive all or a portion of your donor-advised fund following your death. 
  • Bequests to the FM Area Foundation help keep our institution strong to grow the philanthropy required for our area’s nonprofits to serve the community for generations to come and respond to the most critical needs at any given time–needs that are impossible to predict.  

Remember, with the help of the FM Area Foundation, you can give publicly or anonymously. We can help you fulfill your giving instincts by acting as a secure, knowledgeable, and trustworthy facilitator. Our team personally knows–and regularly vets–hundreds of charities yearly, and we can help you navigate the options for local and international giving. 

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You have the power to make a positive impact in two ways. You can donate to one of our 500 existing funds, or you can contact us to create a charitable fund that matches your values. Whichever route you choose, we are humbled by your trust and grateful for your kindness and generosity.

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