Ways to Give
Our Philanthropic Services Team will help you and your clients find the best way to achieve their charitable goals. Among the many ways to give are:
A gift of cash by check or credit card is a simple, direct way to establish a fund or add to an existing fund.
Stocks, bonds, mutual funds and matured certificates of deposit can be donated to establish or add to a fund at the DCF. Business owners often enjoy tax advantages by making gifts of closely held stock in their companies.
Personal residences, vacation homes or land can be donated to the DCF, with the proceeds being used to add to or open an endowed charitable fund. This can result in significant tax advantages, particularly for property that has been owned for many years and appreciated in value.
Gifts of tangible personal property include art, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, rare books, and stamp and coin collections.
At the DCF ‘s discretion, the foundation may accept donations of personal property, with proceeds being used to establish or add to an endowed charitable fund.
A simple bequest can be made easily through your will or revocable trust, donating a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate.
There are several different ways to use life insurance as a charitable giving tool. You can donate the cash value of a policy, or designate the DCF or a fund at the DCF as a beneficiary. You can even purchase a new policy and name the DCF as the owner and beneficiary, which typically makes the premiums tax deductible. It’s an easy way for you to make a meaningful gift in the future for pennies on the dollar.
You can help to transform lives and avoid taxes associated with retirement plan assets by designating the DCF as a beneficiary.
If you are 70 ½ or older, you may be able to transfer up to $100,000 a year directly from your IRA to a new or existing fund at the DCF. (Donor advised funds are not eligible.) This distribution is excluded from your taxable income and can be especially useful for those who don’t need the income from the required minimum distribution.
Through a charitable remainder trust and similar vehicles, you may be able to make a gift that generates a guaranteed stream of income for you or a loved one, for a period of years or a lifetime, and support the DCF or one of its funds.
Types of Funds
Thinking about a private foundation? Consider a donor advised fund instead.
Philanthropists often find that a donor advised fund empowers them to achieve their charitable goals without the expense and administrative hassle of a private foundation. Download this comparison chart for more information, and contact us to discuss.