Give until it hurts may no longer apply.
Trusts and direct gifts are only one way of helping your favorite charities. Many other alternatives are available. Some allow you to maintain control of your asset and still avoid future tax problems that might have occurred without the charitable planning.
Charitable planning and analysis can be a very rewarding process for you and your favorite charity. Identifying potential current or future significant tax problems can help you, your heirs and your charities.
If you have significant qualified or non-qualified type assets like IRAs, SEPs, 401Ks or annuities, as well as capital gains in stocks or business interests you may be creating significant future tax problems for you and your heirs.
Discovering these problems today gives you the time to plan properly and perhaps avoid them entirely and significantly enhance the future for yourself, your heirs or your favorite charity.