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4 Ways to Help This Year

Start planning now to make an impact this year. There are many ways to give to Galapagos Conservancy, several of which offer attractive benefits for you while supporting our important work. Here are four popular ways to help this year:

Give cash. Cash is the simplest way to give to support our current needs. To document a cash gift of any amount, you must have a dated receipt from us which we will provide. A canceled check is sufficient documentation for gifts less than $250.

Give appreciated stock. When you give appreciated stock, we'll sell it and you'll eliminate all the capital gains tax you would have paid had you sold it. Your gift will be deductible at the day of delivery's full fair market value (assuming you have held it for more than one year).

Donate an insurance policy. A gift of a life insurance policy you no longer need makes a perfect year-end gift. To qualify as a deductible gift, Galapagos Conservancy must become the policy owner and beneficiary. For most types of insurance policies, your tax deduction is usually the cost basis or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is less. In addition, if you want to continue to hold a policy with Galapagos Conservancy as the owner and beneficiary, and pay the annual premium on the policy, that annual payment can be deductible.

Make a gift from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older, you can transfer any amount up to $100,000 annually directly from your IRA. The transfer doesn't generate taxable income or a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.

Contact Ron Imbach, Director of Philathropy, at rimbach@galapagos.org or at (703) 383-0077 for helpful tips about getting the most from your gift this year.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Galapagos Conservancy a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the Galapagos Conservancy [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to GC or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to GC as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to GC as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and GC where you agree to make a gift to GC and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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