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Donor-advised funds can help facilitate the conversion of appreciated assets into tax-effective charitable contributions.
Fidelity Charitable, a donor-advised fund, increased its grants while donors also volunteer their time, Fidelity says.
Grants made through Schwab Charitable donor-advised funds grew to $928 million in 2014.
The efforts Of Bill Dwyer and several heart-rending stories are elevating the profile of Invest In Others, a charitable foundation that recognizes advisors' philanthropy.
The plan would raise the top capital gains rate to 28 percent, impose tax increases for high earners, limit tax breaks for 529 plans and take other steps to pay for new programs.
Establishing a private foundation can be less expensive than many advisors and their clients think, with an initial contribution as low as $500,000.
Groups connected to higher education, medical research and cultural institutions are flush, but charities that rely on smaller individual gifts are lagging behind.
Most affluent Americans are increasing or maintaining their holiday spending, a new study says.
U.S. philanthropists took eight of the top 10 spots in a list of the 10 largest single charitable donations of 2014.
Charitable donations made on #GivingTuesday and awareness of the day have increased, supporters say.
The national debate fanned by President Obama over new fiduciary standards for financial advisors shows that the country is veering too much toward punishment, says expert Donald Trone.
Although many young people escape poverty as they get older, many others do not and need help, says this columnist.
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