At Credo Financial Advisors1, we offer full advisory and investment management services in an effort to best serve our clients. We are dedicated to advancing the mission of each individual, foundation and endowment. We will act as a partner in the community to advocate for clients and we will also assist with the education process for Board Members and Advisory Councils on Planned Giving Strategies.
Deciding to use your financial resources to change other people’s lives is a very personal one. But the process is not complicated. Start by asking yourself “What do I care about”. Understanding what you value, what you are passionate about and what changes you would like to see happen in those areas are key. Different organizations offer very different kinds of support and advocacy. These include:
An organization might use a variety of strategies to fulfill its mission. Many organizations working on the same issue will employ different strategies, as they bring their particular strengths and focus to an issue. So don’t be surprised to see an arts organization doing community organizing, an environmental group working on empowerment and leadership development, and a human service provider advocating as well as providing direct service.
Is there an approach to addressing community issues that more closely aligns with your values than another?
Consider how broadly you would like your gift to reach?
Whether you desire is to give immediately or through your estate plan at the end of life, you’ll need a plan to most effectively transfer any asset (cash, stock, real estate, etc.) to the charity of your choosing. If you have a life partner or spouse, you may want to think through the questions above together and develop a joint plan. This can also be an excellent project to do with children, as the whole family learns what is important to them, including them in the decision-making process.
Often times, individuals or families find themselves wanting to support a charitable organization or cause, but want more control specifically over where their funds go after they are gone. You still support all of the causes and organizations from the process you decided above, however, by establishing your own family fund through a trust or donor advised fund2, your named charity will receive an annual gift of income in perpetuity, rather than giving them a lump sum to do with as they see fit. See our section on Trusts to learn more.
We are not simply a professional asset manager for Foundations and Endowments. We are a partner to those organizations to who we serve by providing support and education in creating and setting up accounts, board member education, creating investment and spending policies, solicitation programs and donor recruitment.
The primary role of a board member includes guiding the organization’s future, creating governance and financial management policies, and ensuring that adequate resources exist to advance the organization’s mission. When a board member is asked to join an organization, these roles are not always immediately apparent. We help to train your board to meet your needs and expectations.
Understanding income sources, investment styles and investment returns are sometimes a foreign concept to a board member. Our training helps your board understand the concepts of how the financial obligations and investments of your organization should be reviewed.
1 Advisory services offered through Credo Financial Advisors, each registered investment advisors and separate and unaffiliated entities. 2 While donor advised funds have many advantages, some disadvantages to be aware of include but are not limited to possible account minimums, strict limits on grant allocations, management fees and the potential that future tax laws may change at any time that may impact the tax treatment and benefits of donor advised funds.
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