National Planned Giving Conference

Sara and I recently returned from this year’s National Planned Giving Council conference in Salt Lake City.  The conference is sponsored each year by LDS Philanthropies and is always terrific.  This year we heard an incredible story of how one man’s decision to give to charity united a family as never before.  Unfortunately, the man had chosen to go to a “one size fits all” law office to have the work done.  As you can guess what was done wasn’t completed properly and much was undone when he died.  However, his children, though not members of the LDS faith, yet inspired by his philanthropy worked with LDS Philanthropies and other charities to ensure that their Dad’s wishes were honored.  In the end, a family that had not been particularly close was brought closer together and numberless people were helped by the generosity of this man.While it is true that there are tax benefits to charitable giving, the true benefit is the difference it can make in our lives and the lives of others.  It seems a manifestation of the words of Paul to the Corinthians:  “For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye be burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality”.  (2 Corinthians 8:13-14).