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Posted August 5th, 2019

Three Key Gift Acceptance Policy Provisions: Part II

Last time, we looked at pledges. A gift acceptance policy should require that all pledge agreements be vetted by the development office before being executed. A gift acceptance policy also should state: that the donor must state up-front, in writing, the source or sources of assets that will be used to pay the pledge; and… read more

Posted July 18th, 2019

Three Key Gift Acceptance Policy Provisions

The purpose of a gift acceptance policy is to keep a charity, especially its president and its development officers, out of trouble in dealing with donors. Three problem areas that are major problem areas for charities but which are seldom addressed in gift acceptance polices are [1] appraisals, [2] gift receipts, and [3] pledges. Let’s… read more

Posted July 2nd, 2019

What is an IRA? Part IV

How do charities named as IRA beneficiaries deal with the problem of getting their beneficiary distributions from the IRA custodians? Charities deal with this problem in different ways. Some deep-pocket charities devote personnel to filling out the paperwork and are willing (meaning individuals who are employed by the charity are willing) to provide SSNs, home… read more

Posted June 24th, 2019

What is an IRA? Part III

Let’s now look at the situation in which Donor names Charity as beneficiary of her IRA. This is a common situation. Common in large part because charities have promoted heavily the idea of leaving IRA assets to a charitable organization. When Donor dies, her IRA becomes an inherited IRA, and Charity becomes beneficiary of the… read more

Posted June 13th, 2019

What is an IRA? Part II

Last time, we looked at how the term IRA is defined; who can establish a brand new IRA; and the definition of the term “inherited IRA”. Now we dig deeper into the concept of an inherited IRA. We’ll do this using a real-life example of an individual beneficiary. Later we’ll look at a real-life example… read more

Posted May 30th, 2019

What is an IRA?

It’s good to know what an IRA is, given that so much money comes to charities from IRAs. An IRA is defined in the Tax Code as: a trust established in the U.S. for the benefit of an individual or his/her beneficiaries that meets certain requirements (e.g., is prohibited from investing in life insurance). That’s… read more

Posted May 17th, 2019

A CRT Paying Into a Second Trust — Part II

Last time, we looked at the idea of a CRT paying into a second trust. We focused on an example of a charitably motivated parent who wants to provide support for his 49-year-old disabled son. The plan we examined was a 20-year term-certain CRT paying into a second trust that was to provide for the… read more

Posted April 25th, 2019

A CRT Paying Into a Second Trust

Sometimes in charitable gift planning it’s necessary to design a gift plan to meet complex donor objectives. For example: Donor wants to benefit CHARITY A and also provide an income for his son. The problem is that the son is only 49 years old and is severely disabled with a birth defect. If Donor is… read more

Posted April 9th, 2019

A Real Estate Matter

Lots of individuals have used real estate to make charitable gifts. The question for today is, when is the gift deemed made? To keep things simple, let’s assume: the real estate is environmentally clean undeveloped land; the donor holds legal title to the land (i.e., the land isn’t held in a corporation, LLC, or other… read more

Posted April 2nd, 2019

What to Do When the Donor Dies

Planned giving officers must at some point deal with death and the emotional, legal and financial issues that arise when a donor passes away. The March/April 2019 issue of Give & Take features a panel discussion with me and my colleagues, Laura Knitt and John Jensen, on some of the most commonly asked questions we… read more

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