Becoming a Philanthropist: There's More Involved Than Just Writing Checks


Some charitable organizations are established by a trust under a will, while others are established during the donor’s life. A charity is formed by a legal document—a charitable trust instrument or articles of incorporation for a nonprofit corporation. Just as an individual goes through life cycles, so does a charity. From the start-up phase to adopting a strategic vision to looking at ways to grow the charity, there are many steps to consider at each important phase of the charity’s lifetime.

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