Ways of Giving
Everyone should experience the joy of giving. Each member of a community has different gifts and resources to give, but every gift designated through a community foundation adds up to make a positive impact.
The flexibility offered by community foundations enables anyone with a desire to help their local community find an appropriate avenue of giving. See the list of gift options below.
Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
Traditional investment vehicles are an ideal means for establishing funds at a community foundation. The donor can avoid tax on appreciation, yet still receive a tax deduction for the full market value. As a tax-exempt entity, the foundation can sell the securities and avoid taxes on the appreciation.
Land or buildings can be given in a number of ways, while the donor avoids taxes on the appreciation. The donor must obtain a qualified appraisal to establish the gift value.
While each foundation has varying policies on accepting these types of assets, personal property such as automobiles, art work, jewelry, valuable collectibles, antiques and more can often be donated — giving the donor a charitable tax deduction for the full fair-market value.
A donor can always make a gift by check — easy, direct, and fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
A dollar amount, property or percentage of an estate can go to charitable causes, either through a donor’s will or living trust. The community foundation must be named as the charitable beneficiary. A signed donor memorandum is required to name the endowment fund and the charities that will benefit from the donor’s bequest.
Life insurance is an affordable way to give a significant amount. A donor can make the community foundation a beneficiary of an existing or new policy. A variety of options are available, all of which provide tax advantages and allow the donor to leverage dollars for maximum impact.
Agricultural producers can donate grain or livestock through a community foundation. Legal ownership of the commodity can be transferred to a community foundation before it is sold in order to avoid taxable income from a sale and minimize taxes. The donor may see savings on federal income tax, state income tax and self-employment tax, depending on individual circumstances. Deducting the cost of production may provide greater tax savings than selling the commodity and donating a portion of the proceeds.
A Portion of IRAs and Other Retirement Funds
Qualified individuals can transfer retirement assets to a community foundation, lessening the impact of income, estate, and generation-skipping taxes on a family’s inheritance.
Please contact your local community foundation and/or your professional advisor for more personalized information and recommendations.