A Charitable Trust is an entity people create in order to leave money to charity, with directives as to the use of that money.
Creating a Charitable Trust is a good option when you want part or all of your estate to go to charities of your choice, and be handled for specific purposes.
When you want to protect the money going to a charity, the reason to create a Charitable Trust versus just relying on a will would be to simplify the process for whoever is going to be administering your estate. It’s going to make things a little more straightforward and will avoid going through probate, so it will save money to the administrator of the Charitable Trust, and the charitable organization. Note that most Charitable Trusts operate out of or nonprofit organizations. They often want the money not to stay in a Trust but to go to them directly. The money remains in the Trust mainly when substantial assets are involved.
Another reason to create a Charitable Trust is when you are trying to funnel the money from your assets and your estate into different charities. For example, you want to leave a quarter of your estate to the Humane Society where you got your veterinarian. You know that they could really use some extra money for the building they operate from and you want to leave them twenty thousand dollars Then you chose another charity for the rest of your money, with another specific purpose. That can be built into your Charitable Trust or Will. However, people who are leaving money to charity through a Charitable Trust have better control of what happens to the money later on.
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