“ …some wealthy people today prefer to give anonymously because they feel very lucky that they had the brains or the right family to have more than the person down the block,” Salamon once told me. “They want to set the balance straight and don’t want a lot of credit for it.”
The act of giving in itself is extremely rewarding, which is why many donors do not wish to be recognized for their gifts. These donors prefer to give anonymously to avoid uninvited attention for many reasons, ranging from religious convictions to protecting themselves from theft.
Whatever your reason, consider taking steps to ensure your own anonymity even as you go out and try to ensure the wellbeing of your favorite charities. How do you give anonymously?
In short, this is a common predicament and there are several established charitable vehicles for giving with solutions that promise some amount of anonymity. Some, as you may expect, are better than others.
For a breakdown and analysis of these vehicles, take a look at a recent Forbes article titled “How To Stay Anonymous When You Give To Charity.” Some examples on how to give under the radar include setting up a private foundation, using advisors as intermediaries, and donating online.
In the end, the best solutions tend to vary based on the nature of the assets you intend to give, the scope of your giving, and on the charitable recipients.
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Reference: Forbes (September 19, 2012) “How To Stay Anonymous When You Give To Charity”