Give and you shall receive. This Biblical saying has been well-used and mis-used so many times that I’m sure no one could count. I grew up in a very conservative Baptist household and, while I don’t think we always gave a flat 10%, giving was a constant, even in our poorest times. We did receive, [...]
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The story’s unfolded countless times, with many variations. The recipient of a thoughtfully wrapped holiday gift tears off the shiny paper to find a lovely present, and as she’s casting the gift box an admiring glance, a card tumbles onto her lap.
“How nice!” she thinks. “The gift-giver cared enough about me to include a hand-written [...]
As far as my email inbox goes, the week of Thanksgiving was pretty bad, as every online shop to which I have ever given my email address — and a few besides — sent me message after message about sales, just for Black Friday! Or the weekend! Or just Cyber Monday!
I wondered just how much [...]
This is a guest post from Lucy Lazarony.
Do you love the arts but can’t afford the cost of season tickets to your favorite museum, theatre, or performing arts center? Consider volunteering. I’ve started volunteering at a local cultural arts center. And it’s been a great experience for me after just one day.
On my first day, [...]
Over the weekend I spent some time scanning and shredding my backlog of financial paperwork. While doing this, I ran across a document from the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program explaining how to value donations for tax purposes. Given that there are a few wrinkles, I thought I’d write up some general guidelines.
As a reminder, we’ve [...]
As a followup to my recent post about year-end tax moves, I decided over the weekend that we should start being more tax smart about our charitable contributions. As such, I’ve been exploring the possibility of donating mutual fund shares into a donor-advised fund.
Using a donor-advised fund
For those that aren’t familiar with the concept, a [...]
One of our goals in 2011 is to increase our charitable contributions throughout the year. We’ve been getting a better handle of our finances and our monthly budget has enough room to accomodate increased charitable giving.
Have you thought about which charities you’d like to support during the coming year? Or maybe you’ve wondered how you [...]
If you’ve been wondering how you can help victims of the recent flooding in Nashville, I recently ran across a site with a great list of options. For many of you, the easiest way to help is with an online donation through one of the following links:
The Community Foundation of Middle TN
Middle TN Red Cross [...]
We’ve previously talked about the relationship between money and happiness (here and here), and we’ve also tackled the issue of “how much is enough.” With those discussions as a backdrop…
I recently ran across an interesting article about an Austrian millionaire that’s giving away his entire fortune. He’s selling his homes, cars, the business that made [...]
Today, I want to share a tip that will help you avoid future taxes on the taxable portion of your investment portfolio. As you’re no doubt aware, when an investment in a taxable account goes up in value and you sell it, you have to pay taxes — capital gains taxes — on your gain.
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