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Benefits of Making Charitable Gifts

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams


When making charitable gifts, you and the charity may benefit in a number of different ways:

  • The charity receives a gift it can count on to further its cause.
  • In most cases, the charity benefits from the full value of the asset transferred since transfer taxes may not apply.
  • You may benefit from the savings associated with a charitable income tax deduction.
  • You may be able to avoid a lump-sum capital gains tax on a highly appreciated asset.
  • You may achieve significant gift tax savings and reduce estate taxes.
  • You may be able to retain an income stream form the transferred asset for life or for a period of years.
  • You can diversify a concentrated stock position without incurring immediate taxes.
  • The asset given to charity can be replaced at a discount with life insurance.

Source: John Hancock Comprehensive Charitable Planning Client Guide