Nonprofits shouldn’t only focus on conversations with established donors who “have it all together.” Legacy planning created space for this young woman to do important self-reflection–even in a season of major transitions.
Trusts are essential to legacy planning, yet they can be complex. That’s probably why trust-related questions are some of the most common we get from our clients: what are they, how do they work, and how are they funded?
Our clients Denny and Bonny have a deeply-rooted belief in giving back to the nonprofits and ministries that mean the most to them. When they created their legacy plan with Apex, they reached some practical goals–caring for their adult children and maintaining the vacation home that means so much to their family–but celebrated their financial philosophies, too. By involving their children in managing a donor-advised fund, and breaking eventual inheritances into bite-sized and tax-efficient pieces, they’re leading by example. Here’s their story.
Charitable trusts are so powerful, we sometimes call them “give it twice” trusts. But while they mean a huge gift to charity and a tax-efficient income stream to loved ones (or you!), they’re not without some caveats.
Here’s what to ask a nonprofit before making a major gift. But if you’ve done your due diligence, giving during life can be an amazing way to make a difference–and you’ll get to witness it! This can also help your heirs understand your values and giving priorities, and inspire them to be more generous themselves.
Our focus is on legacy planning…but we’re always helping donors identify the most effective ways to give charitably–starting now! There are CRUTs and CRATs and DAFs and ILITs and QCDs, and while we’ve just scratched the surface of the many charitable giving tools out there, all the acronyms can seem like alphabet soup. If you’re just wanting an overview, here’s a crash course on the most common giving vehicles…and when they might be a good fit.
As a gift strategist at WaterStone, Stephanie Hoff helps donors envision creative and tax-efficient ways to make a difference for their favorite causes. We send some donors her way after […]
“Uffdah: it’s a common refrain in our house,” says Apex CEO Christy Boysen. She can rattle off, in detail, the family traditions that are non-negotiable on her calendar: lefse-making and […]
Apex: First off, what has been your path to this career? How does one end up in trust administration? Rita: My previous employer was Wells Fargo, where I held a variety […]
When you make key decisions about how you want to be remembered, you’ll make it the celebration you want while eliminating a significant burden for your family.