Introduction to Planned Giving
As a donor to the Sam Houston Area Council, you can use your giving to achieve personal goals, enhance your financial security, and to help shape the future of Scouting. Planned giving includes a number of ways for you to include charitable giving in your total financial plan. Our government encourages philanthropy by providing advantageous tax treatment of gifts under both state and federal law. Planned giving can help you maximize these tax benefits. Overview
of a few planned giving options.
Many times, these tax advantages will make it possible for you to make a greater gift than you thought possible, while also benefiting your family and heirs. Many donors and supporters of Scouting have chosen planned giving as a way to show their interest in supporting Scouting beyond their lifetimes, while realizing benefits for themselves today.
The type of asset and the way it is given to Scouting determines the actual tax and financial benefits resulting from a gift. Certain planned gift arrangements provide you with an opportunity to diversify your holdings, turn highly appreciated assets into a gift that provides you income, and enjoy significant tax savings. With careful planning today, you may reduce or eliminate estate, inheritance, or gift taxes, allowing your family and the charities you support to receive the full benefits of your life's work. Certain gift plans actually result in a greater amount of wealth passed on to your family.
As with all financial decisions, a planned gift should be designed with care. A planned giving professional should work closely and confidentially with you to ensure that your gift achieves your individual goals, and expresses your personal vision. Begin to explore the many ways to give with the Guide to Planned Giving
. Or plan or research your own gift with our Gift Planning Website
or visit www.bsagiftplan.org.