The change of seasons is often an opportunity to catch our breath and reassess. We’re done with taxes, really done with cold weather (hopefully), and feel a sense of renewal as our attention turns to gardening and other growth-oriented, warm weather pursuits. And, many of us are wondering how in the world it can already be May. Wasn’t 2022 just five minutes ago? Soon enough, the seasons will change yet again.
Just as springtime is limited, so is the time any of us has to build a legacy for our families and communities and make a difference through charitable giving. Planning–and acting–with a sense of urgency is helpful, given life’s unpredictability and the many good causes many of us want to support. At the PACF, we’re frequently struck by the number of fund-holders and donors who enthusiastically embrace strategies for both lifetime gifts and bequests.
Indeed, planning techniques for each frequently work hand in hand.
We’re inspired by champions of the ”do it now” approach to charitable
giving; sadly, many people never have the opportunity to
watch their money in
We’re equally inspired by the longstanding commitment to estate giving that has
been a part of the culture of philanthropy in our country for
how can you take action now to ensure that you will experience both the joy of
seeing first-hand the difference you’re making, as well as the joy of knowing
that you’re leaving a legacy to further the community priorities you’ve
supported your whole life? A Donor Advised Fund with a bequest provision,
established at the PACF, is a great solution for many
Donor Advised Funds continue to be popular tools to help charitably-minded individuals
organize their giving and support their favorite causes. Because
of the PACF's deep knowledge of our region’s needs and the
organizations addressing critical issues, a Donor Advised Fund established at
the community foundation is an especially useful tool.
you are a current fund-holder at the PACF, or if you are
considering establishing a fund, you already know that a Donor Advised Fund is
easy to start and easy to use. You’re
also likely aware of the Donor Advised Fund’s tax benefits, in that you are
eligible for a tax deduction in the year of the gift and then you can work with
the PACF to use the funds to support your favorite 501(c)(3)
organizations over the long term. What
you might not know, though, is that the PACF can work with you
to include provisions in your Donor Advised Fund fund agreement to name your children
or other family members as successor advisors to make recommendations following
your death and you can provide that certain organizations or causes
receive a portion of the grants each year after you're gone.
this way, a Donor Advised Fund is not only a convenient giving vehicle during
your lifetime, but it is also flexible enough to accommodate your wishes for
leaving a legacy after your death. You
can even name the PACF itself to receive all or a portion of
your Donor Advised Fund following your death. Bequests
to the PACF help keep our institution strong to grow the
philanthropy required for our area’s nonprofits to serve the community for
generations to come and respond to the most critical needs at any given
time–needs that are impossible to predict.
with the help of the PACF, you can give publicly or
anonymously. We can help you fulfill your giving
instincts by acting as a secure, knowledgeable, and trustworthy facilitator.
Our team personally knows–and regularly vets–hundreds of charities every year,
and we can help you navigate the options for both local and international
If you are a current fund-holder at the PACF, we look forward to working with you to include bequest provisions in your existing Donor Advised Fund fund agreement. If you are not yet a fund-holder, we’d love to work with you to achieve your goals for lifetime giving and leaving a legacy. Please reach out anytime.