Using your Will is certainly the simplest way to make a charitable gift; however, there are a number of drawbacks to relying on your Will to make charitable gifts. First and foremost, you relinquish a considerable amount of control over how the gift is used by the beneficiary when you make a gift using your Will. If it matters to you how your assets are used by the charity, gifting in your Will is not an ideal option. In addition, if you wish to make any changes to the gifts you make in your Will it is usually necessary to revoke your Will and execute a new one. Adding a charitable gift, therefore, would require you to execute a new Will which is rather cumbersome. Finally, by waiting to make your charitable gift in your Will you miss out on any potential tax benefits you might get from those gifts. Charitable gifts are often tax-deductible; however, if the gift is made after your death it means the gifted assets remained in your estate at the time of your death, making them subject to gift and estate taxes instead of providing a tax benefit.