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Charitable Giving, Tax Deduction, Social Aspects of Planned Giving, Philanthropy
Americans have a rich and long history of engaging in philanthropic endeavors, particularly in comparison to other Western nations. Their motivations range from being altruistic and self-sacrificing to wanting to reduce their tax liability before and after death. This paper explores the motivations behind giving as well as the trends surrounding planned giving, including gift annuities, donor-advised funds, and foundations.