The Life Stages of Giving
As people move through life, their financial circumstances change. It is also true that people change the way they support the organisations they are passionate about, whether they be registered charities or not-for-profits. **
20’s - Active Participation and Spontaneous Cash Donations
An individual in their twenties is often still studying or establishing their career. They typically contribute by participating in special events, taking part in activities or by making quick cash donations.
30’s - Monthly Giving
In today's ever increasingly busy world, people in their thirties are on the lookout for easier and more convenient ways to give. They choose monthly giving programs or giving circles, where they can donate a specific pre-authorised amount on a monthly basis from their bank account or credit card. Many people give by volunteering time when children are young, satisfying their sense of belonging.
40’s and 50’s - Tax Benefits
People in their forties and fifties often carry their highest levels of personal debt and have a greater need to make annual tax savings. Tax donations can reduce payable income tax, which can be beneficial. It is possible in some cases to salary sacrifice a percentage of pre-tax earnings to a charity. People can also participate in their workplace giving programs, which means they may be able to deduct from their after tax take home earnings.
50’s and 60’s - Listed Securities
Individuals into their mid-to-late careers who hold shares that have increased in value might donate these assets so they can take advantage of tax savings. With retirement becoming a thought, people start to think about leaving a legacy. Many people begin to fill their social calendars by volunteering or sitting on committees so that they can share expertise with younger volunteers in a community group.
70’s and beyond- Bequests
Retirement income and needs become much better understood and many people over this age begin to plan for charitable gifts in their will. This is called a bequest. A bequest is a specific cash amount, or a portion or all of an estate. It may also be beneficial to continue donations to charity as a yearly tax deduction.
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