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How Giving Won WWII

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Philanthropy, even your philanthropy, no matter how big or small can make a difference in powerful ways.

You should never underestimate the impact of your philanthropy of the philanthropy you encourage in others.

Private philanthropy played a major role in the defeat of Hitler in World War II!

Alfred Loomis was a successful entrepreneur in the mid- 1930s, whose foresight and clairvoyance of sorts allowed him to profit from the Great Depression.

At the age of forty-five, Loomis made a “gift” that would later change the course of the war. His private philanthropy created a leading-edge physics lab that attracted the likes of Albert Einstein and others.

This 18-month philanthropic project gave the Allies what some have called the “single most important technology that helped win the war” – —radar.

The preferred vehicle for private philanthropy in the United States has long been the family foundation.

However, recent changes to the donor advised fund have made it a very popular vehicle for family giving.

If a donor has a family foundation, show them the advantages of a donor advised fund. Today’s donor advised fund offers nearly all the flexibility with much less cost and hassle.

An outright gift and donor advised fund gift can benefit the donor and the charities it names. Either way, decide to give.

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Planned Giving Program Tip

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How many times have you heard of many times have you heard of someone who sells their business or retires from their lifetime work only to pass away shortly after.

Why?

Lack of focus… direction? Maybe. I think it’s lack of valuable work. The “fire” dies… then so do they. Giving back is the perfect way to transition and create tremendous focus after your “life’s work” has stopped. Why not find your 2nd second life’s work? [Read more…]

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Planned Giving Program Tip

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Have you lost someone you love before you had the chance to tell them something you always wanted to say to them? A chance to honor them with your words. Of course you have… we all have.

Here’s a thought… write a letter to that someone you missed the chance with – a Tribute Letter. Share it with others who knew them as a way to honor the person.

Take a moment right now and write a Tribute Letter to someone you can still honor with your words – a family member, friend or colleague. Is there a donor you can honor with a Tribute Letter for their dedication to you and your organization?

As you know, creating a memorial fund is a wonderful way to honor others, as well. Not just for your lifetime, but for many generations. A memorial fund also keeps the work or cause that they cared about deeply going long after you’re gone. [Read more…]

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