Most nonprofit organizations today offer a variety of planned giving options.
While consulting with your tax or financial advisor is recommended before making any planned giving decisions, it is helpful to understand about the various options that are available, and which best suits your financial needs and philanthropic philosophy.
The following are just a few of the ways you can continue to give to your favorite causes:
Leave a bequest – One of the easiest ways to support your favorite organization is to simply name them in your will or through a trust. You can choose to leave a stated amount to the organization or leave a percentage of your estate.
Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds or Securities – Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds will increase the impact of your gift to the organization while also providing you with significant tax savings. In most cases you will be able to transfer the securities directly to the organization in question, but be sure to check with your financial planner for details on tax benefits.
Life Insurance or Retirement Plans – If you’re more comfortable leaving your estate to your immediate heirs, you can still support your favorite organization by naming them as the beneficiary of your life insurance plan, retirement plan, or annuity assets.
Charitable Gift Annuity – More complicated than a simple bequest, a charitable gift annuity allows donors to gift the nonprofit of their choice with a significant sum of money. The minimum charitable gift annuity is typically $10,000. Once that donation has been received, the nonprofit will provide you a set income determined by the money donated. This payment ends upon death, with the nonprofit retaining the balance left in the annuity. Check the laws in your state regarding charitable gift annuities, and make sure the organization that would receive the funds has the resources in place to accept this type of donation.
Charitable Remainder Trust – This is similar to a charitable gift annuity, though because of the expense of administering a separate trust, the minimum donation amount typically starts at $100,000, with the donor receiving an annual amount until the trust is completed, and the nonprofit receiving the remaining funds.
Real Property – This may include buildings and land. Be sure to check with the organization in question to ensure they can accept this type of donation.
Personal Property – It’s important to check with the organization first to determine whether they can accept these items.
Understanding the numerous planned giving options available will make it much easier for you and your financial advisor to create a plan that will work best for you.