Raymond James recently asked investors about how they’re planning for the future of their wealth. 54% of them said having a positive philanthropic impact was a somewhat-to-extremely important part of passing success from one generation to the next.
And they aren’t alone in the sentiment. Giving is growing, from billionaires pledging to give away the majority of their wealth1 to record-breaking nationwide donation amounts.2 But more than sharing their wealth, our respondents want to share their stories.
60% said, were they on the receiving end, it would be important to know the values behind an inheritance – to hear what shaped the beliefs and personal character of the person giving it.
Whether your priorities are more philosophical or focused on maximizing the financial impact of future gifts, there are steps you can take today to build philanthropic traditions into your intergenerational wealth transfer plan.
State your mission
Writing a personal or family mission statement enables you to articulate your philanthropic vision and create clarity for heirs.
Create a family philanthropy “board”
Involve younger generations early by making giving a group effort, complete with board meetings to bring new ideas and vote on gifts.
Less common gifts like appreciated stock or life insurance and specialized vehicles like donor advised funds or charitable trusts can amplify your impact.
Bring in professionals
Mapping out the future of your life’s work can feel overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to rely on the expertise of key advisors as you build your plan.