The invasion of Ukraine has prompted an interest in charitable giving. We want to support your compassion and intention to relieve suffering though humanitarian aid. In all charitable giving, funding an effective organization helps ensure the amount we give goes as far as possible to support the cause. We are sharing suggestions from our custodial partners, to help you help others.
The invasion of Ukraine has affected many of us on an emotional level. The impulse to help is an admirable human reaction. For individuals in the U.S., making a financial donation could be the most immediate and direct form of support.
Knowing that your donation will be used well to benefit the intended cause makes charitable giving worthwhile. But vetting organizations can take a bit of time and effort. To make your decision to support a Ukraine cause easier, we are sharing these suggestions from our custodial partners:
Both reference disasterphilanthropy.org for their recommendations
In the case of Ukraine and other crises, you may be making a quick decision in response to an urgent need. For future reference or more general giving, the independent rating sources GuideStar and Charity Navigator serve as useful tools for evaluating non-profit organizations.
Many investors make charitable giving part of their comprehensive financial plan and work with their advisors to consider the variables discussed in “Aligning Charitable Giving, Estate, and Tax Planning.” This piece addresses forms of giving, vehicles such donor advised funds, and criteria for assessing charitable organizations.
Just as you want your charitable donations to have maximum impact, a worthwhile non-profit organization will want the same—and will know best how to deploy the funding. Participants in our webinar on charitable contribution strategies emphasize the advantages of “unrestricted” support and mentioned a point now relevant to Ukraine: Unrestricted giving allows charities to be nimble in times of crisis.
As we address how geopolitical events may or may not affect investment portfolios, it’s all in the context of helping to ensure you reach your long-term goals for you, your family, the people you care about, and issues that matter in your life. If you would like to learn more about adding charitable giving as a strategic component of your portfolio, please feel free to reach out to your advisor.
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Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Ukraine. This information is provided for reference purposes only. The information is in no way an endorsement of any charitable organizations mentioned. Donors are advised to review independent sources of information prior to donating to any charitable organization. Mercer Advisors has an existing referral and preferred custodian relationships with both Charles Schwab and Fidelity. There is no compensation received for directing clients to the Schwab and Fidelity charitable giving resources. Please see our Form ADV Part 2A (insert link) and our Client Relationship Summary (insert link to the website Form CRS tab) for more information on conflicts of interest.
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