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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thinking Outside the Checkbook for Charitable Giving


You don’t need to be a millionaire to give to charity.  You don’t even need to open your checkbook.  Here are six ways how:

  1. Donate appreciated stocks and mutual funds.
  2. Use sites like GoodSearch.com to raise money for a cause while surfing the internet.
  3. Volunteer your time by delivering meals to the homebound, shoveling snow for others, or helping with a cause’s social-media campaign.
  4. Donate property by finding charities in need of what you’re willing to part with.
  5. Give your IRA distribution if you’re 70 ½ or older.
  6. Name your favorite charity as a beneficiary of your IRA. 

See Veronica Dagher, Generosity, Without a Checkbook, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 7, 2013.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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