Types of Giving
Each individual, family, or organization we work with has unique charitable interests and financial circumstances. We help you make the most of both, so you receive the greatest return on your community investment. The Bay Area Community Foundation offers a variety of giving methods tailored to your unique situation.
- Outright Gift: You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to the Bay Area Community Foundation. Your charitable gift qualifies for tax advantage under federal law.
- Retirement Plans & IRAs: Retirement assets–including individual retirement accounts, 401(k) plans, and pension plans–that have grown tax-deferred are eventually heavily taxed for the individual beneficiary. You may achieve significant income and estate tax savings by naming the Bay Area Community Foundation as the beneficiary of the retirement plan.
- Tax-free charitable IRA Rollover: The transaction incurs no federal income tax, and the asset is no longer part of your estate for tax purposes. Learn more about charitable IRA rollover.
- Bequest by Will: You can designate a gift or portion of your estate to the Bay Area Community Foundation and, in some cases, receive a substantial deduction in federal gift and estate taxes.
- Charitable Gift Annuity: You can make a gift of cash or property to the Bay Area Community 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: You can place cash or property in a trust that pays annual income to you (or another named beneficiary) for life. After your death, the remainder of the trust transfers to the Bay Area Community Foundation and is placed into a charitable fund you have selected. You receive income tax benefits the year you establish your trust.
- Charitable Lead Trust: You can place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to the Bay Area Community Foundation for the number of years you select. Once this period ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name. In some cases, you receive a substantial reduction in federal gift and estate taxes.
- Beneficiary Designation: You can make the Bay Area Community Foundation a full or partial beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement account (401(k) or IRA). It’s an easy way to make a legacy gift without modifying your estate plan. Upon your death, your gift is placed into the charitable fund of your choosing.
- Matching Gifts from Your Employer: Some employers help you double your impact by matching gifts made to BACF. You may be able to set this up through a payroll deduction. A couple of example companies are Wells Fargo and Consumers Energy; check with your employer for this program.
Thank you for selecting the Bay Area Community Foundation to fulfill your charitable wishes. It is through your generosity that the Bay Area Community Foundation will continue to meet the future needs of our community.
For more information about other ways of giving, please contact Diane Fong, President & CEO at 989-893-4438.