Trends in Charitable Giving

Trends in Charitable Giving

Whether the economy is expanding or contracting, Americans tend to be consistent with charitable donations.

In 2013, as the U.S. economy continued to stabilize, Americans gave an estimated $335.17 billion to charity. That’s almost $19 billion more than the previous year. 

Americans give to charity for two main reasons: To support a cause or organization they care about, or to leave a legacy through their support.

When giving to charitable organizations, some people elect to support through cash donation. Others, however, understand that supporting an organization may generate tax benefits. They may opt to follow techniques that can maximize both the gift and the potential tax benefit. Here’s a quick review of a few charitable choices:

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Crowdfunding Capital for the 21st Century

Crowdfunding Capital for the 21st Century

One of the earliest examples of crowdfunding occurred in 1884 when funds ran short for building the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal. The publisher Joseph Pulitzer used his newspaper to appeal to Americans to donate the money needed to complete the pedestal’s construction. Over $100,000 in six months was raised from more than 125,000 people.

But it look the internet to truly put the wind in the sails of this unique form of fundraising. One study found $2.7 billion was raised in 2012 for more than one million initiatives – 81% increase from the previous year. The same study forecasted that $5.1 billion in global crowdfunding would be raised in 2013.

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Eight Mistakes That Can Upend Your Retirement

Eight Mistakes That Can Upend Your Retirement

Pursuing your retirement dreams is challenging enough without making some common, and very avoidable, mistakes.

Here are eight big mistakes to steer clear of, if possible.

No Strategy: Yes, the biggest mistake is having no strategy at all. Without a strategy, you may have no goals, leaving you no way of knowing how you’ll get there – you if you’ve even arrived. Creating a strategy may increase your potential for success, both before and after retirement...

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