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Blueprints Blog

Gift planning insights to build a plan for your future

The Gift Planning Blueprints blog offers planning insights, charitable giving news and stories of inspiration to help you plan for your future.

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As you’ve likely read in the headlines recently, interest rates are trending upward in response to rising inflation. If your financial plans include a philanthropic component (or you would like them to), you may have wondered how higher interest rates affect charitable planning. Each month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes a charitable discount rate […]

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Did you know? A donor advised fund (DAF) can be a useful and tax-efficient tool for supporting charities you care about in the near term and can often be incorporated into your longer-term philanthropic plans. Most sponsors will allow you to designate which charities will receive the remaining balance of your DAF subsequent to your […]

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It’s rare for anyone to plan their estate at age 40, but Pavel Molchanov is an uncommon guy. He has worked for the same company his entire career. He is a longtime North Carolinian who isn’t a basketball fan. And he is planning to leave Duke more than $2 million in his will. Molchanov has […]

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Duke Reunion Weekend returns to campus on April 8-10, 2022, and we’re looking forward to celebrating together again. It’s an inspiring time as we reflect on our past Duke experiences and look ahead to an even brighter Duke future. There are so many meaningful ways you can give back to the university in honor of […]

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For a half century, Mary and Judd Edeburn M.F.’72 have worked, played, grown and dreamed in Duke Forest. They even built their home nearby. Now retired, they have more time to observe its ever-changing landscape and notice the increasing demands on it. The Edeburns love staying involved. Though they once circled the globe, they don’t travel […]

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The past year and a half has given us renewed perspective on what matters most. For many, that includes the well-being of ourselves and loved ones, financial stability and supporting causes that make a difference. In times like these, a charitable gift annuity is a great option for many individuals and couples who want to […]

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For the philanthropically inclined IRA owner, a charitable IRA rollover – often called a “qualified charitable distribution” or “QCD” – may be an easy and effective way to make an impact at Duke. It allows those who are 70 ½ or older to support Duke people, places and programs with a tax-free transfer of up […]

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The rules that govern donor advised funds (DAFs) have always been a topic of conversation among lawmakers, and there have been many proposed changes over the years. The most recent effort is the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act introduced in June 2021 by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and King (I-ME). The stated purpose of the ACE Act […]

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Have you heard of donor advised funds but aren’t sure how they work? In this post, we’ll answer the top 4 questions we receive about donor advised funds to help you understand how this charitable giving strategy might work for you. What is a donor advised fund? Simply put, a donor advised fund (DAF) is […]

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Much has been made about the performance of publicly traded, or publicly owned, companies in 2020 and 2021. Despite a “COVID dip” in March 2020 and other short-term declines, the stock market has continued to climb at a historic pace overall since the 2008 financial crisis. In fact, many private companies are also performing well […]

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