PITTSBURGH, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Now entering its 20th year, the Donor Motivation Program has been updated to include the latest tax laws, tax savings opportunities and charitable giving trends.
The presentation, aptly titled Estate Tax Elimination and Income Tax Reduction, has been used by charities to educate donors for over two decades. It regularly receives high marks from donors such as "one of the best" or "the best of its kind."
A charity event with nothing to buy and nothing to give to seems like an oxymoron, but educating donors as a way to say thanks is the donor-centric philosophy behind The Donor Motivation Program®.
The top-rated presentation outlines the major challenges and obstacles that donors face, including running out of money, skyrocketing healthcare costs, and the impact of the increasing tax burden, among others.
The presentation shows attendees how to use a three-dimensional approach to money and how to "redirect" income and estate taxes to charity. Solutions are illustrated using real-life donors and actual results.
"People are surprised to learn that charitable giving tools that allow them to sell stocks, bonds and real estate without paying capital gains taxes, and receive a large income tax deduction and completely avoid estate taxes have been around since the late 60's," says Scott Keffer, Founder and CEO of The Donor Motivation Program.
"And the approach pays off. Donors who learn how to benefit themselves through creative charitable giving tend to give back larger amounts to the charities that show them how," he said.
Jon T. Trainor, retired Director of Development for Akron Hospital and Akron Museum, who has more than 25 years in development experience, is one of those who rate the program as the best of its type. "After a quarter of a century in development, I've seen it all," Trainor said. "The Donor Motivation Program is the best planned giving program I've seen. I was blown away. We were very successful in our very first year. I'd highly recommend it."
"The response from donors is validation for the charities that the information really hits home, helping donors make sense of the challenges they are facing in retirement and providing real-world solutions," remarks Keith Thomson, Director of Canadian Operations for The Donor Motivation Program.
Retired Real Estate Broker, Caroline Wight, from Toronto, Canada, remarked, "Initially, I was skeptical that the presentation would be all about donating money to the charity or that I wouldn't learn anything I hadn't heard from the many other events I have attended. I was delighted on both accounts. It was all about how I and my family can benefit. I learned multiple ways to help myself that I hadn't heard before presented in a simple and straightforward manner. It was truly an enjoyable and educational experience!"
Research shows that many retirees are in the dark when it comes to their options and this approach helps donors and charities alike.
"Charities' most generous donors, those over age 65, face a myriad of financial issues that can inhibit their ability to give. With over 80 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S. coming from individuals, helping these donors is a way for charities to help themselves by helping their best donors," Keffer said.
For information, go to http://www.DonorMotivation.com
Sharon Dorbritz, Director Of Operations
SOURCE The Donor Motivation Program