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Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report Shows Online Giving Continues to Outpace Traditional Giving as Donors Shift Channels

Posted in Charitable Planning

As noted on Forbes website, Blackbaud’s 2014 Charitable Giving Report shows that while overall charitable giving increased 2.1% in the prior year, online giving grew at over four times that rate, by 8.9%. Although online giving is still a small portion, its rapid rate of growth is something for charitable planners to watch.

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Disclosure: Mark Kluge only offers securities and advisory services through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. (WSFG), Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. WSFG and BlueMark Advisors are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

An estate tax increase some Republicans might support

Posted in Charitable Planning

Here is an interesting post from the Oxford University Press’s Blog that reviews the debate over limiting estate tax charitable deductions for bequests to private foundations.  Whether one agrees with the author or not, it could become an important issue to understand and follow.

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Disclosure:  Mark Kluge only offers securities and advisory services through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. (WSFG), Registered Investment Advisor.  Member FINRA/SIPC.  WSFG and BlueMark Advisors are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

Are Donor-Advised Funds the Best Place for Your Charitable Dollars?

Posted in Charitable Planning

This article from U.S. News & World Report MONEY provides some insight on the benefits of Donor Advised Funds and balances the discussion with commentary from some advisors questioning whether the upward trend in DAFs will increase charitable giving.

 

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Disclosure: Mark Kluge only offers securities and advisory services through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. (WSFG), Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. WSFG and BlueMark Advisors are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

10 Trade-Offs Donors Face That Make Philanthropy Tough but Rewarding

Posted in Philanthropy

Philanthropists confront difficult choices, like choosing between their personal passions and society’s needs. This article posted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy explores those choices in depth.

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Disclosure: Mark Kluge only offers securities and advisory services through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. (WSFG), Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. WSFG and BlueMark Advisors are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

Year-End Charitable Gifts

Posted in Charitable Planning

The holidays often inspire Donors to think about gifts to their favorite charities. As 2014 draws to a close, there isn’t much time remaining to implement structured charitable gifts. However, there are a few techniques that can be put in place fairly quickly.

Contributions of cash are quick and easy, and are subject to a limit of 50% of Adjusted Gross Income. Year end is a good time to review charitable travel expenses that might be deductible: transportation at actual or 14 Cents/mile, meals & lodging. Tally up your volunteer out-of-pocket expenses which may be deductible. Read more »

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