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Why Philanthropy?

“Philanthropy is the mystical mingling of a joyous giver,
an artful asker,
and a grateful recipient.”

— Douglas M. Lawson

Giving to charities is a powerful way to make your community a better place,
whether you provide financial support or volunteer your time. But how do you
decide where or how to give? Start by asking yourself some basic questions:

  • What issues or causes have been important to you throughout
    your lifetime?
  •  If you could change one thing in your community, what would it be?
  • How can you help make your community a better place?
  • Do you want to continue to give to your favorite charities or causes
    that you have supported during your lifetime through an estate gift?
  • What kind of legacy or message do you want to leave?

Once you have identified some charitable causes and organizations that
interest you, you may wish to contact them for further information about
their mission, needs and any endowment funds they may be trying to build.
This guide is a good place to start. You may also find information about
various charities on the Internet.

Charitable giving may take many forms, including outright gifts, memorial
gifts, gifts to permanent endowment funds, establishing a donor-advised
fund or a charitable trust. Gifts may be in cash, stock or real estate. You may
also designate charities as named beneficiaries of retirement accounts and life
insurance. Talk to your professional advisor to learn ways that you can benefit
charities and leave a lasting legacy.

Volunteering is also a great way to support your favorite organizations and
make a difference to your community!

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill