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Ways to Give
There are many ways to give through TTCF. If you are interested in giving or would like a consultation, TTCF would be happy to answer all of your questions and help find the right way to give for you. Call us at 530-587-1776 or email Itziar Camio, Chief Financial Officer, at Itzi@ttcf.net.
Cash is the easiest way to contribute, whether by check, credit card, or actual cash. Donors who make gifts of cash are eligible for a charitable deduction in the year the gift was made. You can make a credit card donation to any fund at Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation or to our general operations by choosing to Donate Now.
Please make checks payable to Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and note the fund name, if applicable, in the memo line. Mail checks to:
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
P.O. Box 366
Truckee, CA 96160
Publicly traded stocks owned for more than one year may be donated to the Community Foundation as a charitable gift. Donors are eligible for a tax deduction for the fair market value of the appreciated stock. By donating appreciated stock to the Community Foundation, you can avoid capital gains taxes that would otherwise occur at the sale of the stock.
A bequest is the most common form of planned giving. By including a charitable contribution in your will, you are able to make a simple gift that is in many cases larger than you could make during your lifetime. A bequest can take the form of a specific item (such as a home) or a specific amount of money, or may serve as a “residual bequest,” where the remainder of your assets become a gift after all other specific bequests have been paid out. Gifts made to charity by bequest are deducted from the donor’s federal estate tax.
Individual Retirement Accounts & Other Retirement Plans
You can use assets held in an individual retirement account (IRA), 401(k), 403(b), or similar account to start a fund at the Community Foundation at the time of your death. Retirement accounts, while very attractive from a tax standpoint during lifetime, are the most heavily taxed assets in an estate at death. To make a gift using retirement assets, you need to fill out a form with your retirement plan administrator designating the Community Foundation as the new beneficiary. There is no cost, and the beneficiary can be changed at any time.
You may make a deferred gift of life insurance to the Community Foundation in several ways. For example, you may make a gift of a life insurance policy by irrevocably designating the Community Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of the policy. Alternately, you may designate the Community Foundation as a percentage beneficiary of a life insurance policy you own.
When the Community Foundation is named the owner and beneficiary of a policy, it will retain the original policy in its offices. For policies in which premiums are still being paid, donors have the option of either paying the premium directly or making a contribution to the Community Foundation in the amount of the premium at least ten days prior to the premium due date.
Each method has different tax consequences and the donor should determine the best method for payment in consultation with his/her financial advisor. At the death of the donor, insurance proceeds, if $10,000 or greater, will be used to establish a permanent named fund. If the donor does not provide recommendations during his/her lifetime as to the eventual purpose of the fund, or if the face value of the policy is less than $10,000, it will be used for unrestricted purposes of the Community Foundation.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Charitable Remainder Trusts allow you to transfer assets to a trust, take an immediate tax deduction and receive an income for your lifetime. The size of the deduction varies with the age of the income beneficiaries.
Charitable Remainder Trusts are used to guarantee a retirement income while making a significant charitable gift. They usually require a minimum of $100,000 in initial contribution, though many banks have higher minimums if they are serving as a trustee. The donor may serve as the trustee of the trust if they choose, and in some cases, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation will be willing to serve as a trustee. For most people, a bank trust department or other corporate trustee is the best choice.
Charitable Gift Annuities
Charitable Gift Annuities allow you to make a substantial gift to charity while retaining the right to a life income. In the case of charitable gift annuities, that income is a fixed amount, based on tables published by the American Council on Gift Annuities, which include an analysis of donor life expectancy.
A donor may also elect to defer the receipt of the income for one or more years, which will increase the ultimate payout. This is known as a deferred gift annuity and is often used as a supplemental retirement plan for individuals who have already contributed the maximum amount to their qualified plan.
Unlike Charitable Remainder Trusts, the income from a Charitable Gift Annuity is guaranteed by the Community Foundation and backed by the Foundation’s assets.
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation allows donors to establish a charitable gift annuity to benefit any qualifying local public benefit organization. The Community Foundation requires that gift annuity donors be at least 55 years old and allows a maximum contribution of $500,000.
Residential property, commercial or industrial sites, and undeveloped land are attractive assets for charitable giving. You can contribute a piece of real estate, or a partial interest in a piece of real estate through Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. Some donors chose to contribute property through TTCF while retaining the right to live there during their lifetime.
When you make a gift of property through TTCF you get an immediate tax deduction and can use the proceeds from the sale of the property to:
- establish a charitable fund to support a cause you care about;
- supplement an existing charitable fund;
- help a nonprofit agency directly by making a lump-sum gift to them.
Donors are entitled to deduct the value of the asset, though the determination of that value may require independent assistance.
Donate Your Vehicle
Support the mission of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation by donating your old car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle, etc. Donating either online or by phone is easy, free, and tax deductible. Just visit visit this site and fill out the donation form, please select Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation under the third “Charity” drop down menu. If you have any questions, call our office and we’ll help you donate at 530-587-1776.
Build Your Own Plan
The needs of each donor are different, and these are only a few of the many ways that a charitable plan may be established. For more information, including a free consultation about your own planning, please contact Itziar Camio, Chief Financial Officer at Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation at 530-587-1776 or Itzi@ttcf.net.