Gifts through your estate are sometimes the easiest ways to give, but also take planning to make sure the gifts are used for what you intend them for.

These types of gifts are sometimes referred to as "stop-and-think" gifts because they require some planning and help from your professional advisors. Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income, and are gifted to charity upon your death.

A misconception is that giving through your estate is only for the "wealthy." The truth is, even people of modest means can make a difference through planning.