Better giving: Maximize the effectiveness of your donation

Assess charities for their effectiveness. Identify the best ways for you to donate. Save taxes.
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851 students
Better giving: Maximize the effectiveness of your donation
Rating: 5.0 out of 5 (3 ratings)
851 students
Discover ways to give that may reduce your United States federal income tax
Match your values to charities that promote your what you value
Assess charities for their effectiveness
Identify the best resources to donate
Develop a giving plan


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We all want to make a difference with our giving.  This course explores ways to ensure your giving makes a difference.  I’ll show you ways to give that provide more dollars to your favorite organizations and may save you money on taxes.

This course will provide valuable resources on giving. You’ll develop a giving plan that supports what you value most while potentially saving taxes or taking care of your family. Tax discussions in this course focus on United State income and estate taxes.

The course is divided into four sections that each ask an important question about giving.

Who should I give to?

You’ll clarify the values and causes most important to you. Knowing your values helps you pick organizations that support those values. I show you how to find organizations and how to evaluate how good they are at fulfilling their mission.

What should I give?

I’ll explain the pros and cons of giving cash, donated goods, and investments. Giving isn’t limited to money or assets. You can also volunteer at organizations and buy from for-profit companies that support your values.

How should I give?

You have many options besides giving directly to charities. These options may give you tax savings. One very popular option that’s growing quickly is donor advised funds. Other options discussed in this course include foundations, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities and pooled income funds.

I’ll also discuss the pros and cons of designating your funds or leaving them undesignated so the organization can choose the best use of the funds.

When should I give?

I show you how batching donations could increase your tax deductions. You may be able to save taxes by donating your IRA funds. Wills and life insurance are two ways to provide significant gifts to leave a legacy to your favorite charities.

The goal of this course is not to encourage you to give more or change who you’re giving to. This course is a labor of love to help people make better giving decisions.  Better giving allows you to increase the impact of your giving and make our world a better place.   

Who this course is for:
  • People that wanting to make a bigger difference with their donations and who want to pay less taxes through their giving.
Course content
6 sections • 27 lectures • 48m total length
  • Introduction
  • Activity Explanation: Assess Your Values
  • Activity: Your Values
  • Find organizations that match your values
  • Assessing organizations
  • Activity: Charitable organization Information Websites
  • Giving Plan
  • Cash and donated goods
  • Stocks, bonds, real estate, and other investments
  • Volunteering
  • Buying from for-profit companies that support your values
  • Activity explanation: What to give
  • IRS tax resources for charitable giving
  • Direct donation to organization
  • Donor advised funds and foundations
  • Mixtures of giving and receiving
  • Designated, undesignated, and endowment gifts
  • Activity explanation: How to give
  • Developing a giving plan
  • Periodic giving
  • Batching donations
  • IRA donations
  • Wills and life insurance
  • Activity explanation: When to give
  • Congratulations! You have a giving plan.
  • Activity: Action plan
  • Bonus lecture

Founder of CFO Perspective
Rob Stephens, CPA
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  • 5 Reviews
  • 1,159 Students
  • 3 Courses

Rob Stephens is the Founder of CFO Perspective, where he provides financial consulting and education to small businesses.  Rob has a 20-year career that includes serving as CFO for two banks and a health clinic system.  He was also Director of Operations at a $4 Billion bank and SVP of Finance of a $2 Billion credit union, where he was Program Manager of an investment advisory group with $170 Million in assets under management.  Rob is an adjunct instructor at Gonzaga University.

Rob holds a Masters of Science in Personal Financial Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Therapy from Kansas State University.  He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a CPA.