Ways To Give
Now more than ever, spending time to determine the best ways to give can help you make the most of your charitable dollars and give hope to the girls living at Miller Home. Time spent planning your charitable gifts for the remainder of this year can result in maximum benefits from your gifts, while providing meaningful support for our program needs.
Charitable gifts from donors continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of our girls. These gifts have helped provide a place of opportunity for girls who have been deprived of a home by adverse circumstances, provide assistance with academics, provide case management services, make referrals for any needed services outside our regular program, and encourage each girl to grow and develop to her highest potential.
- Giving cash – most often made in the form of cash, checks, or credit card transactions.
- Giving appreciated assets – giving appropriate property that has increased in value (stocks, bonds or mutual funds) can bring additional tax savings. These gifts are generally deductible at their fair market value, if owned for more than one year. If you have investments that are now worth less than their cost, consider selling them and using the cash proceeds to make a charitable gift. This creates a loss you may be able to deduct from taxable income, while also creating a deduction for the amount of the cash contribution.
- Gifts from retirement plans – making gifts from your retirement plan may result in little or no tax on these funds because you report the amount withdrawn along with an offsetting charitable deduction.
- Gifts of life insurance – if you own life insurance policies that are no longer needed for their original purpose, these policies may be used to make a gift that can provide tax savings.
- Life Income Gifts – by establishing an Annuity Trust or Charitable Remainder Trust, donors enjoy increased income now as well as lower taxes. Through such an arrangement, you would be increasing your income and making a meaningful (and tax-deductible) contribution at the same time.
- Planned Gifts – can shape the future of Miller Home for years to come. While you’re considering your yearly income tax savings, this may be a good time to consider long-term savings by naming Miller Home as a beneficiary of a bequest, life income gift, retirement plan or life insurance policy.
What a great way to touch the lives of others who are less fortunate and help maximize your tax savings. Before giving, please discuss your tax giving and planning with your accountant or other professional advisor.