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Charitable Giving Strategies

We can help you create a wealth transfer plan that supports your philanthropic giving strategy and allows you to enjoy the personal and financial benefits of giving. The following is a list of commonly-used strategies for making gifts to charity:
  • Direct Gifts to Charities
    A substantial one-time or annual gift to a foundation, museum or other charitable organization or cause. A direct donation to a charity of your choice provides immediate income and estate tax benefits and guarantees that the gift goes to that charity.
  • Donor Advised Fund
    A flexible charitable giving vehicle with benefits similar to a private foundation, but without the administrative burden. The Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program, a donor advised fund, offers a simple and flexible way for you to make a difference while streamlining your charitable giving. A donor advised fund allows you to take an active role in recommending grants to your favorite nonprofit organizations.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
    A trust that makes payments to you or your individual beneficiaries and provides a gift to charity. When you create a Charitable Remainder Trust, you will place cash or appreciated assets in trust that eventually pass on to a specified charity, either at your death or at the death of the beneficiary. Until that time, the trust pays either you or your beneficiary a stream of income.
  • Charitable Lead Trust
    A trust that makes payments to one or more charitable organizations and passes wealth on to individual beneficiaries. A Charitable Lead Trust allows you to provide a stream of payments to charity for the term of the trust, and the remaining assets then pass to future generations, incurring minimal or no transfer taxes. Typically, this type of trust is funded with assets you do not currently need, but wish to keep in your family.
  • Private Foundations
    A time-tested means of fulfilling a commitment to charitable giving allowing you to contribute to a number of charities over time while reducing estate and income taxes. Administering a foundation can be a complex and time-consuming task. For many of our clients, Northern Trust handles administration and portfolio management as a trustee or investment manager, while family members retain control of the philanthropic activity.
  • Supporting Organization
    A charitable giving vehicle that allows you to turn your long standing involvement with a public charity into your legacy. A Supporting Organization is a wholly charitable vehicle that is used to support a specific public charity over time. Unlike a Private Foundation, your gifts to a Supporting Organization are not limited to cash and publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual fund shares, but can include such assets as real estate and closely held stock.
Marguerite Griffin

Marguerite Griffin

National Director of Philanthropic Services
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Marguerite Griffin

Marguerite Griffin

National Director of Philanthropic Services
Marguerite H. Griffin is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. As National Director of Philanthropic Services, Marguerite is responsible for the delivery and growth of Northern Trust's philanthropic services to Wealth Management clients. She specializes in administering charitable trusts, private foundations and other tax-exempt entities, and counsels clients regarding charitable giving strategies, nonprofit compliance and risk management, family succession planning, microfinance and international philanthropy.

Marguerite most recently was a Senior Trust Administrator and Relationship Manager where she was responsible for the administration of large, complex trusts for individuals and families, including irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts and supporting organizations. Her duties involved working with sophisticated estate plans, sensitive family situations and complex property transfers.

Prior to joining Northern Trust as a Vice President in November 1999, Marguerite was a Vice President and Trust Administrator within the Private Clients Division of First Chicago, Bank One. Before joining First Chicago, Bank One, she practiced law as an Associate with Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz where she specialized in estate planning, tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts and private foundations.

Marguerite received a B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Marguerite is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, addressing topics such as microfinance, nonprofit board governance, strategic giving and trends in philanthropy.

Marguerite is an active volunteer, advisor and board member with several civic and cultural institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Institute for Learning, Access and Training at The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Community Trust, Donors Forum of Illinois, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Ravinia Festival and WTTW/WFMT.
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