In order to be a member of the Philanthropic Advisors Network, I pay my dues to the National Committee on Planned Giving.Accountants reading this article may also be members of this group, which provides both educational programming and ethical standards for those who work in this field. Those who belong to the NCPG know that one of its major themes is "Leave a Legacy."

The idea is that those who make bequests and other deferred gifts can make a long-term impact not only on the beneficiary organization, but on their descendents as well. This legacy is supposed to be a point of family pride and unity.

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