Mergers and Charitable Giving: Odd Couple or Best Buddies?

Anyone who has checked the news lately knows that mergers and acquisitions are picking up. And as sure as baseball follows college basketball, philanthropy follows liquidity events. There are several reasons for this. Some reasons are obvious: Charities don't like illiquid assets such as closely held stock or partnership interests; owners don't like sharing control or information with a charity as

Anyone who has checked the news lately knows that mergers and acquisitions are picking up. And as sure as baseball follows college basketball, philanthropy follows liquidity events. There are several reasons for this. Some reasons are obvious: Charities don't like illiquid assets such as closely held stock or partnership interests; owners don't like sharing control or information with a charity as a co-owner; or the owner may be unsure of the ultimate value of his business and may not be sure

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