Effective tax and estate planning is often about accounting for trade-offs. Depending on what is included in your particular estate, charitable giving may offer a trade-off that maximizes benefits for you and your family. It is necessary to use the right legal instruments if you intend to make a positive difference in the world while also protecting your estate.
A recent study of the giving habits of the four major generations showed that baby boomers are the most philanthropic. Although baby boomers only make up 34 percent of the people who give to charitable causes, they are reponsible for contributing 43 percent of the total amount donated. In total, boomers give nearly $62 million each year.