Often times in our charitable giving, we don't give much thought to the finer points. We might not know who to give to, how much to give or whether our gift is actually having an impact. In looking more closely at our overall giving—smart, impactful, focused, and intentional giving—it is more complicated than it seems at first glance.
We all give—every day in a variety of ways. We give to our children, our families, our communities, and to causes we care about. So what is aspirational giving and why is it important?
You are retired. Congratulations!
It has been a long time coming, and you are now enjoying your new freedom, flexibility and options as to how you spend your days. You may be spending time with your grandchildren, traveling, pursuing a new passion or just enjoying your days with your family and friends.
To understand where we are going, it’s always a good idea to look back at where we’ve been. This holds true for the ever-evolving world of philanthropy as well. In fact, now is a good time to reflect and plan for the shift in perspective that is taking place in the philanthropic sector. To accommodate these new emerging facets in philanthropy, new roles and opportunities are coming to fruition.
As a donor advocate and realizing that many people love their hometowns—their local communities—I recently attended the 2018 Growing Community Foundation Conference held in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 14-16, hosted by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations.
Whether you are intentional or not, you are creating your own personal and family legacy. Your legacy is what you leave behind when you pass on, and it reflects all the good you have done in this world. One of the measurable components of your legacy is the lasting impact you have through improving the lives of future generations.
Almost everyone is familiar with Legacy Giving. It is the passing of financial assets and property at death. Whether we like it or not, at death our financial assets and property are passed on. Legacy Giving can be highly intentional.