Giving Options

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation accepts a variety of assets as gifts.

Give Now

Options of the types of assets you may give now include:

Cash

A gift of cash is the easiest way to create a new Fund or add to an existing one, and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law - currently up to 50% of your adjusted gross income in any one year. Contributions exceeding this limit may be carried over and deducted for up to five years following the gift.

Donate online now with a credit card using a secure vendor.

Or, checks can be made payable to Greater Worcester Community Foundation and mailed directly to the Foundation:

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
370 Main Street, Suite 650
Worcester, MA 01608-1738

Please note the Fund name in the memo field.

Securities

Stocks and bonds that are highly appreciated may be given to the Foundation, thereby allowing you to deduct the full fair market value as a charitable donation and avoid capital gains tax.

Download instructions for transferring public traded securities [DOC].

Real Estate

Property is accepted after careful evaluation, it must be readily marketable and free of environmental problems. The Foundation's general policy is to accept gifts of real property so that it may be sold and the proceeds added to an existing Fund or to create a new one. You receive a charitable deduction for the value of the property and avoid capital gains taxes.

Find out more information about gifts of real property.

Personal Property

Collections of artwork or porcelain must be marketable and are accepted after careful review. The Foundation will sell the property and use the proceeds to add to an existing fund or create a new one.

Transfer of an Existing Private Foundation

A Foundation fund relieves you of the complexities and costs associated with running a private foundation and fulfills your charitable goals in perpetuity.

Compare a private foundation to a donor advised fund

Charitable Lead Trust

The trust makes payments to a Named Fund at the Foundation for charitable purposes you specify. After a set number of years, the trust's remaining principal and any accumulated appreciation can be distributed to children, grandchildren or other named beneficiaries, often with significant estate tax savings.

Family Limited Partnerships

Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) enable people to own and manage family property or family business enterprises. The main goal of an FLP is to protect assets. It allows for complete control over family assets with protection from lawsuits and claims. Assets are transferred to and held by the FLP, which most often has general and limited partners. Typically, spouses are named as General Partners and have complete control and authority over the partnership's assets. Children are named as Limited Partners and are not permitted to participate in management decisions. General Partners may gift shares of ownership to children free of estate or gift tax consequences.

Learn more about Family Limited Partnerships.

Give Later

Making a planned gift - one that benefits the community after your lifetime - is easier than you might think. Options include:

Gifts by Will

After providing for your loved ones, leaving a bequest to Greater Worcester Community Foundation can be one of the simplest ways to achieve your charitable goals. A fund created through a Will can benefit particular organization(s); an area of interest, e.g. the arts, environment, education, etc., to meet the changing needs of the community (discretionary), or a scholarship you decide. No matter which option you choose your bequest will generate an estate tax deduction. In consultation with your attorney you may wish to consider which of the following types of charitable bequests would best suit your situation.

Learn more about Gifts by Will.

Life Insurance Policies

Your premium payments become tax-deductible when you designate the Foundation as owner and beneficiary of your life insurance policy. After your lifetime, the Foundation uses the money to create a fund in your name that fulfills your charitable goals in perpetuity.

Life insurance policies are an excellent vehicle for charitable gifts, often enabling donors to achieve family and charitable goals simultaneously.

What are my options?

For insurance policies with a cash surrender value whose original purpose no longer exists, you can:

  • Gift the policy to Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Inc., and receive an income tax deduction for the present value of the policy. The tax savings can be invested to generate future income and will reduce the value of your taxable estate.
  • Make Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Inc., the owner and irrevocable beneficiary; you continue to pay the premiums and claim continuing tax deductions. It is possible to use appreciated stock as a gift to Greater Worcester Community Foundation to cover premium costs and avoid capital gains.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) assets

Now it’s easier than ever to make the gift of a lifetime.

IRAs can qualify for tax-free charitable distributions.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation can help turn your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) into tax-saving charitable gifts. Extended tax benefits allow more people to experience the joy of giving during their lifetimes.

You can give more for less.

Thanks to the new legislation, American seniors can make the gift of a lifetime by giving their IRAs to charity without federal tax penalty. So your retirement funds can go further than ever before. For years, estate planners have recommended that retirement assets may be the most tax-effective asset in larger estates to distribute to charity. These assets are not only vulnerable to heavy taxation as part of an estate but also can be taxed again as income in respect to a decedent on the tax returns of heirs.

Until recent legislation, there was a disincentive for retirees to give IRAs to charity during their lifetimes because withdrawals from IRAs were subject to income tax—even those given to charity.

The IRA Rollover allows people age 70 1/2 and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to qualified charities such as Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Amounts given this way count toward the required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

You can make a difference.

Your community foundation can help you connect to the causes you care about most. You can set up a charitable fund in your name or make an unrestricted gift. Giving is one of life’s pleasures; we can help you enjoy it today. By giving through Greater Worcester Community Foundation, you can use your gift to meet ever-changing community needs—including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made. Your gift can target the causes and programs you care about most.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation understands our community’s most pressing issues and can help you establish a fund to make an impact in areas of need or opportunity that are important to you. Please contact us at 508-755-0980 if you'd like to discuss your options.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Do This?

To name Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Inc., as the plan beneficiary, contact the plan administrator of the IRA or tax-deferred retirement account and request a change of beneficiary form. Members of the Foundation staff are available to assist you with this process.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Greater Worcester Community Foundation offers Charitable Gift Annuities. This enables you to make a contribution and receive steady income during your lifetime. State Street Global Advisors administers the Charitable Gift Annuity program on behalf of the Foundation.

Learn more about Charitable Gift Annuity.

Pooled Income Fund

Greater Worcester Community Foundation offers a Pooled Income Fund (PIF) to provide donors with lifetime income from a professionally managed, diversified fund. Our PIF is administered by State Street Bank & Trust Co. and is comprised of the commingled gifts of many donors, invested in a balanced equity/bond portfolio.

Learn more about Pooled Income Fund.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Trust provides income to you for life or for a limited number of years. After that time, the remainder is distributed to the Foundation in accordance with your charitable intentions. Contact your legal advisor to discuss.

Gift of a Retained Life Estate

You may donate a residence, farm or other land as a future gift and continue using the property throughout your lifetime. You receive a partial income tax deduction and reduced estate taxes.

Questions about giving options?

Contact Kelly Stimson
Director of Donor Services
508-755-0980
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