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Philanthropy lies at the heart of human greatness

The act of philanthropy can be defined as a desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the donation of money to good causes, such as charities or other deserving causes. It’s not straightforward to identify precisely what qualifies as philanthropy. You could count occasionally dropping some loose change into a collection box, in which case most of us could regard ourselves as philanthropists.

The scale of giving

To fall into the category of a true philanthropist, your scale of giving probably does need to be exceptional, such as Microsoft’s Bill and Melinda Gates, whose charitable foundation endeavours to enhance healthcare and reduce worldwide poverty. If philanthropy is measured in terms of self-sacrifice, a small monthly donation by someone of modest means could also be deemed generous.

Planning is key

For anyone hoping to embark on acts of philanthropy, they should carefully plan their acts of kindness and take advice on the effect their generosity could have on their wealth. For instance, philanthropists might be able to benefit from tax advantages (subject to current IRAS rules) as allowing tax relief of up to 250% on donations made to an approved Institution of a Public Character (IPC) or the Singapore Government for causes that benefit the local community. In addition, for UK Domiciled individuals Inheritance Tax rate cuts are available for bequests to UK registered charities. This could reduce your UK IHT liability from 40% to 36% if you leave at least 10% of your estate to charity.

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