The average planned gift in the U.S. is between $35,000 and $70,000, according to research. With more baby boomers moving into retirement years, that number may grow. Yet many not-for-profit organizations, especially small and medium-sized, lack formal planned giving programs. This article discusses the benefits and possible pitfalls of such programs and specifically examines bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.
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