Philanthropy & Giving at Avestar Capital: To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected
Xerxes Mullan, Founding Partner at Avestar Capital, firmly believes in the saying, "To whom much is given, much is expected." If you have heard this pure piece of wisdom, you know it means that we are held responsible for what we have. If we have been blessed with a unique talent, abundant wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, we are expected to benefit others from the same.
The global financial advisory boutique Avestar Capital works with several non-profits across the client networks. The aim is to possess clients who can take advantage of each other's balance sheet for the art of philanthropy and giving. This network effect is exponential as other like-minded individuals will tend to possess similar principles.
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Two of the most-liked charitable vehicles are donor-advised funds and private-owned foundations. As with direct giving, they can both provide a tax deduction to offset a huge income tax year following the sale of, for example, a business, investment assets, or real estate. Some advantages to this could be tax-free growth of assets earmarked for charity and accumulation for strategic deployment and involvement of other family members, including younger generations, in decisions about giving. It will also give a legacy of charitable giving long after death.
Philanthropy’s popularly supposed to transfer money from the rich to the poor. This is not the case. In the United States, which statistics show to be the most philanthropic of nations, barely one-fifth of the money donated by big givers goes to the poor. A major chunk goes to the arts, sports teams, and other cultural pursuits, and the rest goes to education and healthcare/medical expenses. But what the rich are giving away in their philanthropy is not entirely their own money. Tax relief adds the money of ordinary citizens to the causes selected by rich individuals. Most western governments offer generous tax incentives or rebates to promote charitable giving. This enables a philanthropist to get away with liability for tax on the donation, yet also retain control over and monitor how the money is spent, within the constraints of charity law. Donors may make tax-deductible donations to their family foundation and still, as foundation trustees, remain in control of the investment they make and management of the funds as well the final charitable disposition of the gifts.