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3 Common Planned Giving Myths, Busted

If you hear “planned giving” or “legacy giving” and think it is for people older or wealthier than you—or that it is just too confusing—check out these common myths and the truths behind them.

First, What Is Planned Giving?

Planned giving is a way to support charitable organizations, like Hindu Heritage Endowment, by making gifts using your estate. This could include a gift in your will, or by designating your retirement plan assets as a charitable gift. This type of support requires some planning but may offer tax benefits. Most take effect in the future as a final way to leave your legacy (and therefore do not affect today’s finances).

Myth 1: My estate has to be large to make an impact.

Truth: By including HHE in your estate plan for any amount, you make a lasting impact and a tremendous difference. Your estate may be larger than you think. Non-cash assets, like insurance policies and stocks, are often a significant part of your wealth.

Myth 2: I am too young to think about making a will.

Truth: If you have a property (even a car), you have an estate. Documenting your wishes in a will is an important step at any stage of your life. A will ensures that your intentions are carried out and it can help establish a plan to receive the best tax benefits for your assets. Most importantly, if you have loved ones who depend on you, your estate plan can protect their future.

Myth 3: Estate planning is only about distributing my assets.

Truth: Yes, your assets are accounted for, but your estate is also a reflection of your values. You can use it to give to charitable causes, such as Hindu Heritage Endowment, and you can pass down life experiences and memories by recording your wishes.

In addition, your estate plan should describe what you would like to happen in the event you are unable to make medical decisions or take care of your finances. It is the full picture of your wishes and your life’s work.

Use Your Estate to Impact Others

If you would like to speak in confidence about your opportunities to support Hindu Heritage Endowment through your estate plan, please contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 x 6 or We would be happy to talk to you at no obligation.

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Yagam Fund

Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund

Provides funds for meals to its guests on special occasions

Monastic Endowment

Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Endowment

Provides for the regular monthly living expenses of the monastics

Feed the Monks

Kauai Aadheenam Feed the Monks Fund

Provides for annadhanam (food) for the monks of Kauai Aadheenam

Family Fund

Kauai Aadheenam Endowment for Hindu Religious Art and Artifacts

Provides funds for paintings, batiks and other artifacts

Planned Giving Guidance

Protecting Yourself and Hindu Causes in a Shaky Economy

Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Hindu Heritage Endowment

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