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Philanthropy is close to the hearts of many of our clients. For as long as we have been involved with servicing private clients, we have also been a key advisor in assisting our clients in achieving their philanthropic goals with maximum impact through the creation and management of private foundations as well as many other gifting and philanthropic strategies. We serve organizations with assets of between $5 million and a billion dollars, and still others that give away more than $100 million on an annual basis, and are adept at handling the back-office responsibilities that a private foundation may not have the time, expertise or resources to fulfill.

Anchin’s commitment to the not-for-profit sector is not only evident in the services we provide to our clients but also in the creation of the Park Avenue Charitable Fund, Anchin’s own donor advised fund. The Park Avenue Charitable Fund’s mission is to receive, administer and distribute charitable contributions from donors to other qualified tax-exempt organizations in select fields.

Anchin’s success has been built on long term relationships, due in part to our insistence upon meeting our clients’ needs with the intellectual capital and specialized technical expertise required at every step; be it at the germination of a business, or in the fulfillment of a legacy. We have a high-level team of professionals specializing in the not-for-profit sector and have a long history with many religious, cultural, professional, and arts and educational not-for-profit organizations. Our many years of experience in this practice area enables us to approach each new client situation from a strategic vantage point. We are well versed in the financial issues and required IRS filings that are unique to private foundations. Many of our partners are involved as board members as well as founders and contributors to many organizations. Over the years our professionals have authored numerous articles on matters of importance to the not-for-profit sector. Our greatest contribution in this practice area has been the formulation of the "matching" concept, which has been successfully employed by many of the foundations that we serve in accelerating the advancement of the founders’ goals.

Services include:

  • Establishing philanthropic goals
  • Mission refinement
  • Administration and consultation
  • Extensive record-keeping through outsourced accounting services
  • Participation in board-level events on a regular basis
  • Maintaining documentation on grants and grantees
  • Receipt of and response to grant seeker inquiries
  • Pre-grant and post-grant due diligence
  • Transmittal of grant checks
  • Establishment of matching programs
  • Overhead reduction services
  • Monitoring of compliance with IRS rules, Federal and state filings
  • Financial statement preparation
  • Representation before taxing authorities
  • Tax efficient charitable strategies

Success Stories

  • Archdiocese of New York

    Anchin’s client discussed with the Archdiocese of New York an idea to help them increase their fundraising for the Parochial School System.

  • Private Foundation

    Anchin assisted a private foundation client with their idea to establish matching grant programs which leveraged their philanthropy by enabling the recipient charities to raise additional funds.

News

  • Exploring the Benefits of Donating Appreciated StockNovember 30, 2018

    As the end of the year approaches, families often consider finalizing their year-end philanthropic giving. If making a substantial contribution to a charity or college is on the horizon, donating appreciated stock from an investment portfolio in lieu of cash is a strategy worth considering. The tax benefits from the donation can be increased and the organization will be just as happy to receive the stock.

  • Philanthropy and Tax Reform: Is it Advantageous to Accelerate Contributions?September 27, 2018

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed in December 2017, raised questions about how charitable gifts can be deducted. With the standard deduction limits for individuals and married couples nearly doubled under the new law, the financial incentive to donate has largely disappeared for most families.

  • Evaluating the Use of the New York Charitable Gift Reserve Fund to Secure Tax DeductionsJuly 23, 2018

    As a result of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the maximum deduction for state and local income taxes combined with real estate taxes on the federal return will be limited to $10,000 for years beginning in 2018. In an attempt to mitigate the negative consequences of this lost deduction for New Yorkers, the recently passed New York Executive Budget has several provisions that provide potential relief. 

  • Requirements to Keep In Mind When Making Charitable ContributionsMarch 29, 2018

    There are certain rules that must be followed in order to document a donation of property to be able to receive a tax deduction.

  • Putting Leverage to Good Use - PhilanthropyOctober 31, 2017

    Leveraged philanthropy was born out of the desire for donors’ contributions to work for the charity that they support, typically involving terms that must be met in order to receive the donations, and the terms generally being actions that will be helpful to the recipient organization as well as their charitable purpose.

  • Bitcoin: It’s Not Just a Currency, It’s an Asset ClassJanuary 31, 2017

    Individuals may know Bitcoin as a volatile digital-based currency that has been attracting headlines, but in the IRS’ eyes, Bitcoin is considered property.  Commentators have noted that Bitcoin represents a new type of asset class. For investors and philanthropists, the IRS classification of Bitcoin as an asset class (and not as a currency) may provide unique gifting and estate planning opportunities.

  • Philanthropy: An Opportunity to Connect with the NexGen July 29, 2016

    Growing in popularity among high-net-worth travelers are multigenerational vacations and trips with a philanthropic spin, also known as philantho-travel. Combining the two can be very powerful, both in terms of creating bonds, relaying values, and empowering the next generation.

  • New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013January 27, 2014

    The New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the Act) was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 19, 2013. This act represents the first substantial reform to the New York Not-for-Profit law in more than forty years.

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