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The Problem With Charitable Giving

Release Date: 
11/27/2018

NEW YORK, NY -- Starting this fall, and well into the future, medical students at New York University will get free tuition. In a few years, shiny new facilities will welcome cancer patients in Atlanta and brain researchers at Stanford. The announcements about these developments credit generous philanthropists, but fail to mention who else is footing much of the bill: American taxpayers. Like most charitable giving, health care philanthropy is tax-deductible. When wealthy people give away millions of dollars, their tax bills go down. But that leaves the rest of us either to pick up the slack or go without the investments that our government could have made with those funds.

Nonprofits Are at Risk as the Wealthy Gain More Philanthropic Clout, Report Argues

Release Date: 
11/19/2018

WASHINGTON, DC -- The accelerating concentration of philanthropic power in the hands of the affluent puts nonprofits at risk and can be checked only by significant tax-law changes, argues the latest in a series of reports and critiques focused on big philanthropy. Nearly a third of itemized charitable contributions in 2015 came from households earning more than $1 million annually — up from just 12 percent in 1995, according to the new report. At the same time, the share of giving by average Americans has been declining for most of the 21st century, sapping the strength of national nonprofits that rely on small donations and don’t attract support from the affluent.

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IRS Announces Higher 2019 Estate And Gift Tax Limits

Release Date: 
11/15/2018

NEW YORK, NY -- The Internal Revenue Service announced today the official estate and gift tax limits for 2019: The estate and gift tax exemption is $11.4 million per individual, up from $11.18 million in 2018. That means an individual can leave $11.4 million to heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax, while a married couple will be able to shield $22.8 million. The annual gift exclusion amount remains the same at $15,000. For the ultra rich, these numbers represent planning opportunities. For everybody else, they serve as a reminder: Even if you don’t have a taxable estate, you still need an estate plan.

90% of the Wealthy Give to Charity and 48% Volunteer, Study Says

Release Date: 
10/24/2018

WASHINGTON, DC -- The biennial 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy found that 90 percent of affluent households gave to charity in 2017, and 48 percent of them volunteered at nonprofits. In addition, annual giving among the wealthy in 2017 rose by 15 percent compared with two years earlier.

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