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Benefits for Clients and Advisors

Rochester Area Community Foundation considers professional advisors — including attorneys, accountants, financial planners, investment professionals, and insurance agents — to be valuable partners in philanthropy. We work with you to help your clients develop plans that fit their financial needs and their charitable interests.

Year-End Giving Opportunities

We understand that many people wait until late in the calendar year to make charitable giving decisions. We offer several options, but the two most popular at this time of year are Charitable Gift Annuities and the IRA Charitable Rollover.

  • If your client is considering a gift annuity, stock contributions should be received by December 15; cash gifts are accepted until December 30.
  • To guarantee that a required minimum distribution from an IRA is counted for 2017, IRA transfers should be initiated by December 15. Please note that IRA Charitable Rollovers cannot be made to donor advised funds at the Community Foundation.
  • Clients with advised funds at the Community Foundation should make grant recommendations by December 15 to guarantee distribution to their favorite charities this year.
  • Gifts that are mailed must be postmarked by December 31 to count as a 2017 charitable deduction.

Our office will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 30 to assist you and your clients with last-minute, year-end giving. Feel free to stop in, or call 585.341.4360 to make an appointment.

Talking About Philanthropy With Clients

A recent U.S. Trust Study of the Philanthropic Conversation found that high net worth clients want to be talking about charitable giving with advisors early in their relationship and in a meaningful way. Many advisors, however, may not bring up the topic of philanthropic giving until they have a better handle on a client's personal and financial goals. In other words, the time is now.

The study also found that clients want advisors to:

  • Better understand their motivations for charitable giving;
  • Have meaningful, values-based conversations rather than focusing solely on tax or wealth restructuring perspectives; and
  • Talk about how to involve children and grandchildren in charitable giving.

Community Foundation staff would be happy to help you in these discussions with clients, explain the range of charitable options depending on how involved they want to be, and assist in resolving complicated estate planning issues.

Professional Development Opportunities

The Community Foundation offers a variety of professional development events for advisors. These include an Open House in October; a free, non-credit seminar in February; and a half-day seminar in June with a national speaker and the opportunity to receive professional credits. Learn more about events for professional advisors.

Financial Management Options for Advisors

Financial advisors working with clients to create funds of $2,000,000 or more may request the opportunity to continue managing the funds once they are contributed to the Community Foundation. The request is subject to the review and approval of our Investment Committee.

The Community Foundation also participates in the American Funds Community Foundation Program that allows financial advisors to receive compensation for continued management of client assets given to the Community Foundation for qualified charitable agreements. This program provides your clients with maximum tax benefits on their charitable giving while providing you an opportunity for continued involvement. Learn more in this American Funds document about community foundations. 

PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 | racf@racf.org
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 | info@racf.org
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

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