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Charitable Giving

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

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