Newsletter/Blog Posts

End of 2020 Charitable Planning Opportunities

October 2, 2020
A young man jump between 2020 and 2021 years over the sun and through on the gap of hill silhouette evening colorful sky.

As we enter the final months of this unusual year, we have seen strong support for charitable work across the country, and we still have the busy end-of year giving period ahead of us. It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year and given the host of tax law changes over the…

CARES Act Creates S-Corp Stock Giving Opp. for 2020 Only!

September 17, 2020
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security CARES Act on the desk.

The CARES Act, passed earlier this year for COVID-19 relief, includes incentives for charitable giving. For the 2020 tax year only, there are additional tax benefits for donating. Of particular interest is the increase of the adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation to 100%. Previously, deductions for cash donations were limited to 60% of AGI. Under…

A New Kind of CGA Stems from the SECURE Act

September 1, 2020

This has been a difficult year by any metric. Planned giving may be far from many minds, but it can be particularly valuable for donors motivated to give during this trying time. Indeed, many of our charitable partners report significant upticks in grantmaking by their donors.   The first two months of 2020 were busier…

Extreme Market Volatility = CGA Risk Management Time

March 1, 2020
"Volatility Ahead" road sign.

Charitable Solutions has been obsessing on gift annuity risk management since the 90s. In fact, other than non-cash asset solutions, charitable gift annuity risk management is one of our core services.  Why? FIRST: CGAs are one of the only gifts where the charity can actually lose more money than the original donation! SECOND: No one…

Looking Back…Looking Ahead

February 3, 2020

Charitable Solutions, LLC and Dechomai Foundations:  A Decade in Review I was planning to post our 2019 accomplishments and then realized DECADE successes would be more appropriate… especially given the fact that we celebrated 17 years in business on January 15th!       The Low Points In October of 2010, I lost my very…

MORE Reasons to Stop Declining Noncash Gifts!

December 10, 2019

Charitable Solutions, LLC was founded to help capture gifts for charities that otherwise would have been declined – specifically focusing on noncash assets and gift annuities.  Why?  Because these are the only types of gifts where a charity, without prudent management, can actually lose more money than the original gift.  In fact, every one of…

Using Real Estate to Fund Immediate Gift Annuities – A Creative Twist

October 25, 2019

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) may be funded with unique or hard-to-liquidate assets as well as cash or marketable securities.  Charities face risks inherent in using real estate (or other non-cash assets) to fund an annuity: that of making the annuity payments before the proceeds of sale have been realized. Two commonly used tactics to…

Case Study: Simplifying CGAs to Solve Multiple Problems

September 19, 2019

Charitable Gift Annuities don’t need to be complicated and can address straight forward tax situations. A few months ago, a prospect came to us after having sold her residence for a price that resulted in capital gains in excess of the $250,000 lifetime exclusion. How could she minimize this capital gains tax exposure while using the…

Cryptocurrency:Are You Keeping Up?

August 1, 2019

Cryptocurrency has been in the news recently for a couple of reasons, and we thought it might be helpful to share our perspective on this interesting asset for charitable giving purposes. The volatility of Bitcoin, the most well-known of the public cryptocurrencies, has led the press coverage over the past few years. Since Jan 2017, the…

An S-Corp Gift

June 1, 2019

There are more S-corps than C-corps and LLCs combined – but very few donations are occurring. With S-corps, there are subtle nuances that must be considered, not the least of which include the issue of unrelated taxable income (UBTI) on profits earned (pre and post contribution gain) as well as any income during the holding period. S-corporations…