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Economic Indicators for Charitable Planning
Surveys show that most planned gift donors are motivated to support causes they love, not to get tax benefits. But the economy—including the tax regime, the stock market, real estate values and interest rates—is an essential element in the ecosystem of charitable giving, and both donors and planners need to understand how it affects their options. In this program, Michael Hicks reviews the economic indicators most likely to impact charitable planning, and analyzes trends that may warm or cool the future climate for decision-making about planned gifts.
Michael J. Hicks, PhD– Ball State University
Michael J. Hicks, PhD, is the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics and the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. He previously served on the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management and at research centers at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee. Michael’s research interest is in state and local public finance and the effect of public policy on the location, composition, and size of economic activity. He has authored three books and more than 50 scholarly papers and is best known for his work on tax incentives and the impact of Walmart. Michael received research and teaching awards from Tennessee, Marshall, AFIT, and Ball State, and his work has been highlighted in such outlets as the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post. He has appeared nationally on CSPAN, MSNBC, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and Fox Business News, and his weekly column on economics and current events is syndicated in several outlets across the state. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute. He is a retired army reserve infantryman having served in combat and peacekeeping operations in North Africa, Southwest Asia, Korea and Japan.
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