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I don't understand in what way the payment of a pledge creates a personal benefit to the donor. The pledge is not tax deductible; the fulfillment on behalf of the donor would not be either. What other personal benefit is involved in the fulfillment of a pledge?

The fulfillment of a legally binding pledge relieves the donor/advisor/disqualified person of the obligation to pay the obligation with his or her personal funds. The charity would have fulfilled the commitment with the charity's money, not the pledgor's.  That is a direct personal benefit, which would be a taxable event for the donor/advisor/disqualified person.  --Don Kramer  

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