There is a good article about Donor Advised Funds (“DAF”) in the December 23 edition of the Wall Street Journal. It’s titled, Giving Back Isn’t Only for Billionaires, and it provides several stories about less-wealthy philanthropists using DAFs for their good intentions. At Horizon Advisors, many of our clients have set up these special funds and they’re a terrific way to set aside money for charity as well as to control the timing of charitable contributions. Year-end 2016 may also be an opportune time to set up a DAF to make the most of today’s higher tax rates. If “taking advantage of higher tax rates” doesn’t make sense, see our recent post, Accelerate Your Charitable Contributions to learn more.
There is still time to act before the end of the year if you are so inclined. You can generally open a DAF on-line or we would be more than happy to help, although time will quickly run short. If you’d like to learn more about Donor Advised Funds in general, see here. Please call if we can provide any assistance.
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