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Charitable Giving


Another important aspect of estate planning is using that plan to benefit charitable organizations and educational institutions. High wealth clients can reap significant tax benefits from setting up charitable lead trusts or charitable remainder trusts, but even a revocable living trust can include beneficiary designations to ensure that trusts assets can be used to benefit those non-profit organizations of your choosing.
Here is a list of charitable organizations to consider as potential beneficiaries to your estate plan:
     American Cancer Society
     American Diabetes Association
     American Red Cross
     Autism Speaks
     Boy Scouts of America
     Doctors Without Borders
     Girl Scouts USA
     Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
     Make a Wish Foundation of America
     Wildlife Conservation Society
     Wilson Disease Association
In addition, the  American Institute of Philanthropy provides information about charitable organizations.