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Nonprofits welcome your year-end gift

Dec 21st, 2011 | By
Nonprofits welcome your year-end gift

Many people put off making gifts until the end of the year. If you want to make a charitable gift and be able to deduct the gift in 2011, timing is critical.

The requirements for making a year-end charitable gift by check or credit card effective for the current calendar year are relatively simple. A gift by check will be effective for 2011, if you sign the check and place it in the mail or deliver it to the charity by Dec. 31. As long as the check is paid in ordinary course, the gift is effective as of the date of mailing or delivery even if not actually cashed until the following January.

How to make a gift to someone who doesn’t seem ready

Jul 28th, 2011 | By

Many people wonder how to plan for their estate if they have concerns about the ability of a beneficiary to handle a bequest.  They want to know what options they have and how a charity might be involved in the solution, if at all. Usually the best option for a beneficiary who might not be