Dollars to keep, dollars to share, making the most of both

“This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.”
– Theodore Roosevelt (1912)

TODAY is the time. Not tomorrow.

Do you have a desire to make a positive difference in the world but don’t feel you can because you aren’t rich or famous? You don’t need to be rich or famous to make a difference in the world everyday.

What thoughts come to mind when you think of a philanthropist?

Philanthropy is defined as “love to mankind; benevolence toward the whole human family; universal good will; desire and readiness to do good to all men “.

So, an everyday philanthropist is someone who gives unselfishly toward the good of humanity.

Don’t let the lack of being a multi-millionaire keep you from improving the world we live in. It is not necessary to be worth millions to make a difference. There are many avenues you can take to connect with the causes that you feel most passionate about.

Many people, like yourself, have created wealth through their own ingenuity and efforts and have the greatest interest in integrating into their lives the things they are the most interested in.

An increasing number of wealth holders are no longer focusing exclusively on accumulating more wealth. They are beginning to look at using wealth as a tool to achieve higher purposes.

Philanthropy is more central to their lives. They wish to offer their creative skills as much to their giving as they have to their professions or businesses.

Key trends in philanthropy are;

  • Self-directed giving through private foundations or donor advised funds
  • Integration of giving and taxable/estate planning

Canadian private foundations and public foundations with donor-advised funds have assets of more than $16 billion and are the fastest growing charity category.

People are combining 2 essential elements in their daily lives…

  • Personal capacity – whether intellectual, creative or financial
  • Moral compass – an array of purposes, aspirations and long-term goals to which they choose to devote their capacity.

Giving has never given people so much

We human beings are complex, beautiful, unique creatures. Our individual life experiences make up a collection of memories, perceptions, patterns and emotions. There is no formula for determining why we do the things we do. Which is in part why modern day philanthropy offers a wealth of creative, new ways to think about estate planning and charitable giving.

The past decade has witnessed significant changes in the tax rules governing charitable giving. The changes to these tax rules has in turn opened the door to new planning strategies that create benefits for those individuals who want to make a meaningful gift.

Planned giving is about matching individual donors’ tax and estate planning with their philanthropic ideas. It refers to increasing the amount of gifts through a systematic, focused and personalized program.

People become interested in planned giving when they believe that their gifts will impact the cause they believe in, they trust the organizations leadership, and have assets to give.

Philanthropists are special people who want to make social capital investments (charitable gifts) in the most effective way possible. Their social capital investment decisions are consistent with their values and objectives.

Philanthropists need to be guided to make the right gift, at the right time, to the causes of their choice.

The decision as to which vehicle to use is personal and should be decided with the help of an expert in the field, consultants like M Bacal Group. There is nothing more satisfying in planned giving then when people, purpose and plan come together.

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.