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When you name Liberty Foundation in your will as a recipient of a specific amount or percentage of your estate, you are making one final gift – your crowning gift – to an organization you have supported during your life. You can also give a gift that increases the value of your estate for your heirs, ensuring that your assets will get to them with significantly reduced gift and estate tax consequences. If you have arranged for an estate gift to Liberty Foundation through a will or other transfer document, we would like to know so we can thank you while you are here by including you in our Bright Futures Society.
Charitable Gift Annuity Program
This gifting option provides lifetime fixed annual income in exchange for a gift to Liberty Foundation. The program was established in 2008 by NYSARC, Inc and is regulated by the NYS Insurance Department using rates promulgated by the American Council on Gift Annuities. The minimum contribution required is $10,000 and income beneficiaries must be at least 65 years old when income payments begin. For more information on the NYSARC gift annuity program or to calculate approximately the amount you could receive through a CGA, please click here.
Many companies have matching gift programs which provide an important and simple way to enhance your charitable intentions. To find out if your company offers a matching gift program, contact your human resources or benefits office at work.
GE Gift Match
General Electric employees, directors and retirees can have their gifts of cash, stock or real estate matched dollar for dollar by the GE Foundation. Gifts must be $25 or more and cannot exceed $50,000 per donor, per calendar year.
Simply send a gift to the Liberty Foundation, then call the GE Fund Matching Center (800.462.8244) and provide your social security number, Liberty Foundation’s zip code (12010) and the date and amount of your gift, or visit their website at www.ge.com/foundation/employee_programs/matching_gifts.jsp.
Gifts of Stock
Making a gift of appreciated securities benefits a donor in two ways: the donor receives a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities and, at the same time, avoids capital gains taxes on the appreciated securities. The gain is measured by the difference between the cost basis (the amount originally paid for the stock) and its current fair market value. If your stock is held by a bank or brokerage firm, please contact the Liberty Foundation office of your stock gift intention by calling 518.954.3202. We will provide you with the Foundation’s account number and DTC number for our investment firm to relay to your banker or broker.
Please be sure to provide the name and telephone number of your bank or broker, a description of the stock (company, number of shares, and estimated value), and the anticipated date and desired purpose of the gift) to make certain that the transaction is processed expeditiously.
Donating life insurance provides an opportunity to make a substantial gift with a relatively modest annual expense. There are several ways to make a gift of life insurance — purchasing a policy naming Liberty Foundation as the beneficiary and ‘owner’ on your policy for all or a portion of the death benefit; give an existing policy to Liberty Foundation; or naming Liberty Foundation as beneficiary on your policy for all or a portion of the death benefit.
By giving real estate (property and/or home) you avoid the difficulties of selling property and paying capital gains taxes. The Foundation will sell the house or land, and the proceeds will benefit individuals with disabilities supported in Liberty’s programs.
IRA’s, 401 (k) Plan, Keough Plans, etc., may provide a good way for you to give. Remember, you may designate the Foundation as a direct or contingent beneficiary of your retirement plan.