Planned giving is an opportunity for a person to build a philanthropic legacy. Planned giving refers to arranging a donation to charity while a person is still alive. Charitable gifts made as part of your estate planning are a lasting expression of your life. It is a personal legacy that continues providing for the causes that matter most to you. Many registered charities and nonprofit organizations have planned giving or legacy gift programs. If you haven’t chosen a charity, begin by identifying the cause that you value the most. You could choose something you have given to in the past, or something that has impacted you or someone you love. You can give locally or choose a national group.