A cash gift is the easiest way to start a fund or make a gift to an existing fund. Cash gifts are fully deductible up to 50% of the donor's adjusted gross income in any one year. Deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward for up to five additional years.
Gifts of appreciated securities (stocks and bonds, including stock in closely held companies) may be used to establish a fund. Such gifts often provide important tax advantages. The full fair market value is deductible as a charitable contribution up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. As with gifts of cash, deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward for up to five additional years. The added benefit of giving appreciated securities is the avoidance of the capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the gift. Gifts of closely held stock enjoy the same tax benefits as with publicly traded stock.
Naming the Community Foundation as a beneficiary in your Will is a simple way to make a lasting gift to your community. You can leave a gift to an existing fund or create your own. Speak to your professional advisor about your particular situation and work with our professional staff to make sure your charitable giving is carried out for many years to come.
People who commit to supporting our community forever through a gift from their estate/will, become part of the Community Foundation’s Legacy Society. Our Legacy Society is our way of acknowledging your commitment to the future of your community—today. Click here to learn more about our Legacy Society.
Making a charitable gift of real estate through the Community Foundation can help you turn your property gains into community good. The value of your real estate may exceed that of any other asset you own. With the help of the Community Foundation, you can use it to fulfill your charitable wishes and receive maximum tax benefits.
By making a gift through the Farmland for Good program, you, as a landowner, can keep your land as functional farmland and establish a lasting charitable legacy to your community. Gifts of land can provide significant tax benefits, and you may enjoy lifetime payments. Click here to learn more about our Farmland for Good program.
Gift of Grain
By giving a gift of grain, you avoid including the sale of the grain in your farm income. Deducting the cost of growing the crops typically results in saving self-employment, federal, and state income tax. And you can still benefit even if you take the standard deduction rather than itemizing your deductions. Download the Gift of Grain brochure.
Life insurance policies can be used as charitable gifts. If you name CFNEIA as the owner and beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy, you receive an immediate tax deduction, which usually approximates the cash surrender value of the policy. All premium payments made by you thereafter will be deductible as a charitable contribution. You can then work with the Foundation to determine how the proceeds of your insurance policy can be used for charitable endeavors in your areas of interest.
Double taxation on retirement plan withdrawals decreases their value for your heirs. Consider providing other assets to heirs and naming the Community Foundation as the beneficiary of your retirement accounts. You can save taxes and preserve your hard-earned assets for the good of your community.
The IRA Charitable Rollover is now permanent. Click here for more information about this charitable giving opportunity.
Trusts and Other Giving Vehicles
If you have questions about Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, or other giving vehicles, please call us – we would be happy to discuss them with you.
Click here to view our Gift Acceptance Policy.