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Charitable Giving

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Another important aspect of estate planning is using that plan creates a legacy by benefitting 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.