Charitable trusts provide a wide variety of tax benefits to the donor and allow for a flexible, planned giving arrangement. It is best that a charitable trust be drawn up by an attorney that specializes in planned giving. It is also advisable that a donor consult with his/her accountant or financial adviser before electing to develop a charitable trust. One should anticipate that there will be set-up costs associated with establishing a trust because of the professional assistance that will be required to do so. Because of the costs involved in establishing a charitable trust and the requirements associated with this type of gift, charitable trusts are most typically utilized when a donor is interested in providing a gift of $500,000 or more.
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