Planned Giving

Gifts to support Forgotten Harvest may be as unique as the people who give them.  Here are examples of the many ways you can contribute to help fund our mission. Please consult your attorney or accountant to obtain information specific to your situation.

Gift of Cash
Cash gifts can be deducted up to 50% of adjusted gross income.
Cash Pledged Over a Period of Years
Cash pledged over a period of years can be deducted up to 50% of adjusted gross income for the portion given each year.
Appreciated Stock, Bonds, Mutual Funds
Appreciated stock (held more than one year) makes an excellent gift. You avoid all capital gain taxes, will receive a tax deduction and can deduct up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Bonds and mutual funds are similar to cash in their tax treatment with a tax deduction for the full value of the gift. State, Municipal and U.S. Government Bonds are welcome.
Closely Held Stock
In general, gifts of long-term capital gain property produce a deduction equal to the property’s fair market value. Often, S corporation stock is a capital asset that has been held for more than one year.
Beneficiary Designations
CD’s, Savings Accounts, Brokerage Accounts, and Checking Accounts with P.O.D. Provisions. The P.O.D. stands for payable on death. You retain full ownership and full control during your life. At your death, the account balance is paid to your named beneficiary immediately and without probate.
Gift Annuity
In exchange for a gift of cash, stock or securities, the organization will pay you, and your survivor or another person you name, a guaranteed income for life. You receive a substantial tax deduction in the year of the gift and part of the income is tax-free. Upon your death, the gift remainder supports the capital campaign. (Income and tax deductions are based on your age.)
Deferred Gift Annuity
Similar to a gift annuity except payments begin at a date determined by you—retirement for example. Your tax deduction and annual rate of return increase the longer you wait to start payments. Deferred gift annuities are an excellent retirement planning vehicle.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Employees may request their employer, corporation or organization to match a gift in accordance with guidelines established for this practice. 
Charitable Remainder Trust (Irrevocable) (Annuity and Unitrusts)
Donors can select the rate of return from these income arrangements and also choose a fixed or fluctuating annual payment. Capital gain taxes are completely avoided and you will receive a tax deduction based on the age of the income recipient and the rate of return.
Charitable Lead Trust
In a charitable lead trust, assets (cash or securities) are transferred to a trust that pays income from the fund to the organization for a predetermined number of years. At the end of the time period, the trust terminates and the assets are given back to the persons you name. The income tax deduction is for payments made annually to the organization.
Bequest Through Will
One of the simplest ways is to give of your estate. You can make a gift bequest, after others have been provided for, of a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of the estate or what is left (remainder) to the organization.
Revocable Charitable Living Trust
The revocable trust provides for gifts of cash, property and/or income now, while retaining the rights to retrieve the property if necessary. There is no tax deduction for the gift but there are savings in estate settlement costs if the trust is not revoked.
Gift of Life Insurance
A simple way to make a significant future gift is to name the organization beneficiary to receive all, or a portion of, the proceeds of an existing life insurance policy. You will receive a tax deduction for the cash surrender value, thus reducing your tax liability in the year of the gift.
Purchase a New Life Insurance Policy Naming the Organization Owner and Beneficiary
You receive an income tax deduction for each premium as made and provide a major gift to the organization with a modest annual payment.
Retirement Accounts
Retirement Account Funds (IRA’s or company plans) beyond the comfortable support of yourself or loved ones, may be given (like life insurance proceeds) to the organization by proper beneficiary designation.
Personal Property (Collections, Royalty Rights, etc.)
Gifts of personal property are always welcome, including collections, royalty and mineral rights. Charitable tax deductions are available in the year of the gift.
Outright Gift of Real Estate
One of the most overlooked gift forms is real estate. We will be happy to discuss the possible gift of land, a house or vacation home. You will receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value as well as avoid all capital gain taxes.
Real Estate with Life Tenancy
Receive a substantial income tax deduction by giving (deeding) your home or farm to the organization now. You continue to live there, maintain the property as usual and even receive any income it generates. At your death, the organization will sell your property to support the capital campaign.
Major In Kind Gifts
Gifts of goods or services are accepted by the organization with prior approval. Ordinarily these gifts will be credited toward the campaign at their full fair market value as determined by appraisal or other appropriate valuation techniques.
For more information on planned giving please contact Colleen Peters at 248.298.3418


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