By Tami Kamin-Meyer
Apr 1, 2006 12:00 PM
Imagine your wealthiest and most philanthropically-minded clients, a highly respected businessman and his equally successful wife, are due in your office in five minutes to discuss which charitable organizations would satisfy their charitable-giving goals. Surely you checked with the Internal Revenue Service to verify that the charities you are about to suggest have secured a 501(c)(3) status so they may legally accept tax-deductible donations. No doubt you perused the organizations' Web sites to learn more about the charities' missions before you contacted the groups' executive directors to discuss the organizations' latest successes and miscues."