You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to the Community Foundation or your "fund" at the Foundation. Your charitable gift qualifies for the highest tax deduction allowed under federal law.
Bequest by Will, Trust, or Beneficiary Designation
You can designate a gift or portion of your estate to the Community Foundation or your "fund" at the Foundation and, in some cases, receive a reduction in federal gift and estate taxes.
Charitable Gift Annuity
You can make a gift of cash or property to the Community Foundation or your "fund" at the Foundation now, get immediate tax benefits, and ensure that you or a loved one receive fixed quarterly or annual income payments for life.
Charitable Remainder Trust
A donor may transfer assets to charitable remainder trust ("CRT") that provides a specified percent distribution to one or more (income) beneficiaries for life or a term of years with remainder interest paid to charity. Basically, a CRT allows you to set aside a large amount of money now and be assured that (A) you'll be paid a certain amount of money for the rest of your life and (B) the nonprofit you designate will be given all the money that is left when you pass away.
Two kinds of CRTs are:
CRUT: A charitable remainder unitrust requires that the trust assets be revalued annually, typically changing the value of the unitrust payment, and allows for donors to make additional gifts to the trust.
CRAT: A charitable remainder annuity trust does not provide for donors to make additional gifts to the trust and CRAT assets are not revalued annually, and income beneficiaries receive the original cash amount.
Charitable Lead Trust
A donor may transfer assets to a charitable lead trust for a lifetime or term of years after which the remaining assets are distributed to the donor or other persons.