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Make charitable contributions before end of year

By Allyn Hughes, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CAP® 2017 is a very good year to make gifts to not-for-profits.  If the new tax legislation passes, two important changes will occur for individuals and families: 1) their standard deduction will double to $12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for j
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Philanthropy: When you give matters

By Allyn Hughes, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CAP® In many parts of the country, summer is the time to relax, recharge, and get away. Unfortunately, for many not-for-profits, summer is also their most difficult period of the year to raise funds. A 2012 survey by Guidestar showed that more than
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Charitable giving: Strategies for being more efficient and effective

This column was originally published in the Tacoma News Tribune Business section Sunday November 6, 2016. By Gary Brooks, CFP® Giving season is upon us but not only in the form of thanks or holiday gifts. It is also prime time for charitable giving. As we move toward the close of the
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