Make a contribution of Appreciated Stock!
If you’re like many folks, you hold some appreciated stocks, and we’d appreciate it if you think about this smart way to give.
It’s as simple as a stock transfer to the ET brokerage account, and you get an immediate current-year deductible donation on the full appreciated value. You don’t need to pay tax on the appreciation and neither do we. Such a deal.
Planned Giving & Bequests!
Dying to help ET programs? Your good work for the earth and its future doesn’t have to stop when you do. It’s very easy to make a final gift that keeps on giving.
And there’s a full range of Planned Giving options available. There’s often a way you can use your assets creatively to accomplish your personal goals while making vital work possible. Check it out!
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Consider a Planned Gift to the Earth
By virtue of the fact that you are reading this section you’re an environmentally-aware person who has discovered EarthTrust. You have taken the time to familiarize yourself with EarthTrust’s mission statement, its goals, its structure, its efficiency and its long-term record of successes. Hopefully, you have decided that you wish to be a part of future successes in EarthTrust’s work to save the earth’s rapidly-vanishing wild species, habitat, and human carrying capacity.
You may not be aware, though, that there are many ways in which you can personally make make this work possible. In fact, you may be in a position to make a large contribution from assets you would otherwise lose to taxes. In many cases, giving a gift to EarthTrust will cost you much less than the face value of the gift; and in some cases your contribution may actually save you money while you save wildlife and help the planet!
EarthTrust’s Planned Giving has been designed to help people like yourself with advice in structuring their financial transactions and tax position to make necessary environmental-protection programs possible. Consultations with this department are confidential, with no obligation on your part to proceed. It can be exciting, though, to realize the positive effect you can have — now— in saving the planet, without depleting your own personal resources.
The details of a plan should be set up in a meeting, but what follows is meant to give you a general idea of what Planned Giving can encompass.
• For instance, the donation of property or stocks which have appreciated in value can often be structured to avoid the bite of “capital gains” taxes, and options such as “bargain sales” can help an appreciated piece of property benefit EarthTrust while it benefits you.
• Need an immediate large tax deducation and a long-term personal income? The creation of a “charitable remainder trust” can provide income for you while making possible needed EarthTrust campaigns, exempt from “capital gains”. This can be a very good deal for you both in satisfaction and bottom-line income.
• A large wildlife-protection contribution with a low initial cost can be made via an insurance policy, with all payments fully tax-deductible.
• Partial donation of seldom-used property or assets can provide an immediate large tax writeoff without affecting your personal enjoyment and use of the property.
• Where there’s a Will, there are several ways, and some are better than others. Bequests can be structured in advance to maximize your gift to the earth while minimizing the amount lost to estate and inheritance taxes.
• An EarthTrust exclusive, the Save the Planet Fund, allows you to create a permanent named Fund in your or your family’s name, to personalize your contribution to the saving of the planet’s creatures. This enables you to take an immediate tax deducation on funds which can be granted out to your favorite conservation causes — including other organizations you desire to support — over many years.
Gifts During Your Lifetime
A gift of cash or other valuable property may be made to EarthTrust at any time during your lifetime. The tax savings are:
• You are eligible to receive a current federal income tax deduction
• The value of the gift is excluded from your estate for federal estate tax purposes
• Your net cost in giving the gift is reduced by your tax savings
Opportunities for Outright Gifts:
Long-term Capital Gain Property
Generally, the deduction for a contribution of long-term capital gain property to EarthTrust is equal to the property’s fair market value. A few examples follow:
Example: A donor possesses unappreciated securities with a cost and present value of $20,000. If the donor is in the 30% tax bracket, the contribution of these securities to EarthTrust’s environmental protection programs can reduce the donor’s income tax obligation for the year of the gift by $6,000.
Example: A married donor, filing a joint return, has a taxable income of $120,000 before the sale of property or charitable contributions. The donor owns appreciated long-term capital gain stock with a fair market value of $30,000 which was originally purchased for $10,000. To maximize the tax benefits resulting from contributing this stock to EarthTrust, the donor considers whether to contribute the stock or sell it and donate the cash proceeds.
In this example, the donor’s tax-wise approach is to give the stock directly to EarthTrust. This method will produce a tax savings of $6,600 more than had the stock been sold and the cash proceeds donated. (see below)
Taxable income before sale Gift of Stock Gift of Proceeds of property or charitable contributions $120,000 $120,000
Long-term capital gain
arising from sale of stock NONE 20,000
Gift to EarthTrust (30,000) (30,000)
Taxable Income 90,000 110,000
Income Tax Obligation 21,934 28,534
Net cost of $30,000 Gift 20,100 26,700
Tax Savings 6,600
Bargain Sale of Appreciated Property:
A “bargain sale” is the sale of property for less than the property’s fair market value. When such a sale is made to EarthTrust, the transaction is viewed as part sale and part charitable contribution. The excess of the fair market value over the sales price is the measure of the gift to EarthTrust. This can be a very good option for both you and EarthTrust when your appreciated property must be sold.
Tangible Personal Property:
A potential donor who owns valuable tangible personal property, such as works of art, may contribute the property to EarthTrust. However, federal tax rules place restrictions upon this kind of property in terms of the charitable tax deduction available to the donor.
If the use of the donated property by EarthTrust is related to its tax-exempt purposes or functions, (environmental and species protection and education), the amount of the donor’s charitable deduction is the property’s fair market value. If the use of the property is unrelated to EarthTrust’s exempt purposes or functions, the amount of the donor’s charitable deduction must be reduced by that amount which would have been long-term capital gain had the property been sold at its fair market value.
Stock in Closely-Held Corporations:
A person who owns stock in a closely-held corporation, including a corporation he or she controls, may contribute shares of such stock to EarthTrust and receive a charitable deduction equal to the appraised fair market value of the donated property. Thereafter, the closely-held corporation may elect to buy back the stock from EarthTrust for its appraised fair market value, using surplus cash. In acquiring its stock from EarthTrust, the corporation has not subjected the donor to income tax on the proceeds used to purchase the property. The donor has not realized either dividend or other income from this transaction but still obtains a substantial income tax charitable deduction for the gift of the shares.
Charitable Remainder Trusts:
A person wishing to support EarthTrust wildlife-protection programs may make a gift of cash or property to EarthTrust but retain the right to receive income from the donated asset for life or for a term of up to 20 years. This right to income may include survivors of the donor as well. This arrangement is accomplished through the use of a Charitable Remainder Trust.
Tax savings benefits and environmental benefits from a Charitable Remainder Trust include:
• An income tax deduction for the value of the charitable gift in the year the trust is established and funded
• Continued enjoyment of the income from the asset for life of a term of years
• Avoidance of recognition of the capital gain on contribution of appreciated long-term capital gain property
• Removal of the donated asset from the donor’s estate
• At the end of the term of the Trust, the remaining assets are paid over to EarthTrust for its charitable, exempt purposes.
There are two types of Charitable Remainder Trusts:
• The Annuity Trust, which pays an annual fixed amount of income based upon a percentage of the donated asset value when originally contributed to the Trust (not less than 5%). Once established and funded, there can be no additional contributions made to an Annuity Trust. A new Trust is required if additional contributions are to be made.
• The Unitrust, which pays a fixed percentage (not less than 5%) of the Trust principal as annually valued. As the Trust principal grows, the payment of income grows proportionately as a hedge against inflation. Conversely, if the Trust principal diminishes in value, the income payments likewise diminish.
Additional Ecomomic Benefit in creating a Charitable Remainder Trust:
Using the tax savings generated from the contribution and the increased income resulting from reinvestment of the lower-yielding donated asset to a higher rate of income, the donor may purchase a replacement asset using an estate-tax-free vehicle for the benefit of those who would have received the asset placed in the Trust had it not been contributed. In many instances, a donor can achieve overall greater economic benefits by contributing an asset to the Trust than by retaining it in estate for distribution to heirs! EarthTrust’s Planned Giving department can help you make it happen.
Gifts of Life Insurance:
Life insurance can represent a significant gift to EarthTrust at a relatively low cost to you. You may make such a gift in various ways:
• By contributing an existing policy. You may have a policy on your life transferred into the ownership of EarthTrust, with EarthTrust named as the irrevocable beneficiary. If there are additional periodic premiums to be paid, you may make additional contributions to EarthTrust from time to time from which EarthTrust may elect to pay these premiums.
• By acquiring a new policy with EarthTrust as owner/beneficiary and yourself as the insured. Subsequent premium payments will be made by EarthTrust from contributions you make over the life of the policy.
• All contributions you make which are later used by EarthTrust to pay premiums on owned policies are deductible as charitable contributions. The proceeds of such policies are excludable from yours estate as a charitible contribution to EarthTrust.
Gifts of Real Estate:
Real estate can be an excellent vehicle for helping protect the earth. If you own such property, there are many ways in which you may use it to aid EarthTrust programs. A few examples follow:
• Future Interests: an EarthTrust supporter may donates a primary or secondary residence to EarthTrust while retaining an uninterrupted use and occupancy of the property for life; this gift to EarthTrust of a future interest in the primary residence or vacation home generates an immediate income tax deduction and excludes the property from the donor’s estate.
• Partial Interests: a person interested in aiding EarthTrust can contribute a partial interest in real estate to EarthTrust while retaining ownership of the balance of the interest in the property equivalent to the amount of use in a year that the donor makes of the property. For example, a donor may have a vacation home which is used for 3 months of the year and remains unoccupied and unused for the balance of the year. By conveying the 3/4 interest in the property (9 months) to EarthTrust, the donor generates an income tax charitable deduction equivalent to 3/4 of the fair market value of the property, yet still have the property to use.
II. Gifts by Bequest
Many people have felt that the best memorial possible to their lives is to preserve wild species of animal which without their gift might become extinct. In this way, their life’s significance can last millions of years into the future by keeping earth’s wildlife as diverse as possible.
A donor may make a specific bequest in a will to EarthTrust in either a specified sum or a percentage of the estate.
In addition, such a donor may specify that the bequest be used for a specific purpose or program of EarthTrust. EarthTrust honors all such requests. For instance, a bequest set up to protect dolphins will be used exclusively for dolphin-protection programs.
As another option, a donor may establish a Charitable Remainder Trust in his or her will for the benefit of named survivors, providing income for life and the remainder of the Trust to EarthTrust after the end of the lifetime income interest.
III. Special Situations
The Save the Planet Fund
In keeping with its name, EarthTrust has pioneered new options for more sophisticated donors who desire accountability and low overhead costs associated with their environmental gift-giving.
This Advised Fund allows these donors to provide for their own charitable priorities through personalized component funds in EarthTrust’s Save the Planet Fund. Individuals who participate in this Fund are able to maintain a named sub-fund, reserving the right to recommend the distribution of grants from their respective sub-funds to qualified charitable organizations including EarthTrust.
A personalized Save the Planet Fund is established by the contribution of cash or property to EarthTrust. An income tax deduction may be taken immediately for the fair market value of the contribution. However, there is no requirement that funds be disbursed immediately! EarthTrust handles all administrative and investment responsibilities and accounts to all participants for the activities of each of their sub-funds.
The Save the Planet Fund is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals with broad charitable interests, particularly in matters affecting the planet, to have a centralized fund at EarthTrust from which they can support a variety of charitable organizations and causes throughout their lifetimes.
Advantages of this fund over standard gift giving include:
• An immediate tax deduction on funds which may be disbursed at the donor’s request for years to come
• If desired, EarthTrust can monitor performance of the gifted charities and disburse funds only for “program” and not “overhead” activities, greatly multiplying the effectiveness of the gift
• EarthTrust will provide an accounting of how granted funds are used by recipient organizations
EarthTrust chose its name because it is designed to hold funds “in trust” to help the earth. An excellent example of this commitment is the honoring of “designated funds”. These Funds allow concerned individuals to make special arrangements to achieve their charitable objectives. A donor can establish a fund with EarthTrust for a specific program or purpose. Alternately, a “perpetual fund” may be established, the income of which can be available to carry out a designated charitable intent. These funds are named for a donor or the donor’s family and are a significant means for individuals to make a lasting impact on matters affecting endangered species and the environment through and with EarthTrust.
Information contained in this brochure is not intended to represent legal advice or to substitute for such advice. Individuals are urged to consult their professional advisors when considering charitable planned giving transactions. All matters set out herein should be considered in light of the effect of the alternative minimum tax, if any.
We can answer any further questions you may have. Just write us as Donations@EarthTrust.Org.
Other ways of helping:
Donate frequent-flier miles – you may not have the time to use them all, but they’ll really come in handy for our campaign staff.
Donate your professional skills – Are you an attorney, a brain surgeon, a rocket scientist, an artist, a welder, a photographer, an internet expert, etc? You never know, we might really be able to use a donation of your professional services. Drop us an email!
Donation of useful stuff – recent computers, monitors, cameras, and other such stuff can often be used by ET, and the donation is tax deductible.
Volunteer your time – If you want to help and are near an ET admin or campaign office, we might be able to use you. Our needs vary depending on which projects and programs are active in a given area. The most valuable volunteers are those who can set aside a significant amount of time, and are willing to help even with boring stuff like dubbing videotapes, doing social networking, and helping with the hundreds of tasks it takes to make a group like ET function.
One of the very smartest ways to give is by transferring appreciated stocks to EarthTrust. You get to deduct the full appreciated value from your taxes, and we don’t have to pay capital gains taxes on it like you would have if you’d cashed it in directly.
And it’s super-easy to do. You just transfer the stock from your brokerage account to ours, and let us know. We handle the donation paperwork, you get the deduction for your tax year, and some really vital work gets done because you stepped up.
For a full current- year deduction on the market value of your gift of stock, transfer it to:
Account No: 26304137
PH : 1-800-888-1980 (if you want to speak to a representative)
EarthTrust’s tax-exempt EIN number for your records is: 99-0172970
Send us note letting us know you’re on the team!
Any Questions? email us at Donations@EarthTrust.Org
If you have appreciated property that goes beyond what you need for a happy life, EarthTrust can work with you to leverage it into support for world-changing conservation and environmental actions and programs.
This includes real estate, tangible personal property, and about anything else with significant net worth. The odds are good we can come up with a tax-advantaged way for you to make a difference in the world.
If you’ve heard of “planned giving” through other organizations, you may be happy to hear that the full range of planned giving vehicles is available to help you make a difference in the world through EarthTrust.
It’s easy to add EarthTrust to your estate or final papers, and it will mean your name and your wishes will live on in the programs you decide to make real.
It’s amazingly easy. Just make sure that you clearly designate the organization and it’s identifying number, and its address, in your final documents.
“To save the seas from acidification, I leave 50% of my estate to the organization EarthTrust, whose U.S. nonprofit ID number is 99-0172970, and whose contact address is 1118 Maunawili Road, Kailua, HI 96734.”
That’ll do it.
If you’d like advice on adding more detailed language, drop us a note at Donations@EarthTrust.Org, or leave a message for our president to get back to you.