1. What assets can I use to make a gift to the National Audubon Society?
Generally speaking, during your lifetime you can make an outright gift of securities or other property (e.g., real estate, personal property).
2. What sort of gift plans also return income
You have the option of making a gift that returns income to you, your spouse, or other individuals, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder unitrust.
3. What tax deduction will I receive for
Your tax benefits will depend on several factors: the type of gift, the time at which it is made, whether it is outright or deferred, and whether it includes income payments. In general, though, here are some guidelines:
4. I want to set up a life insurance policy,
name the National Audubon Society as beneficiary, but retain ownership
of the policy. Can I deduct the premium payments I make?
No. The IRS would not consider that a "completed" gift because you would retain the right, as the owner of the policy, to change the beneficiary designation to a friend or family member. Audubon must be made the irrevocable owner of the policy for gifts offsetting premium payments to be deductible.
5. I’ve heard that transferring gifts
of IRA assets to charity is advantageous. Why?
Qualified retirement plans such as IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), and Keoghs allow individuals to defer paying taxes on a portion of their income until the assets are withdrawn during retirement years. However, after a person's death, these accounts are exposed to income and in some cases estate taxes, at a combined rate that could rise to 75% or even higher on large taxable estates. The only way to avoid both income and estate tax on your retirement plan is to give those assets to a charity. By designating the National Audubon Society as your beneficiary, you will ensure 100% of the value of your account benefits the National Audubon Society.
6. I'd like to donate a painting. Will you
determine its value for my income tax deduction?
The IRS requires that donors of artwork and collectibles secure an independent appraisal of the items to establish fair market value. The appraisal has to be related to the gift, too – an insurance appraisal won't suffice. We can assist you on this point.
7. I'm interested in establishing a charitable
gift annuity. What financial provisions will you make for the
income payments to me and my spouse?
Your charitable gift annuity will be treated as a general obligation of the National Audubon Society, backed by all of its assets. The National Audubon Society has an unblemished record in making timely payments to our annuitants, and that ongoing responsibility is a key element in its financial policies.
8. If I create a bequest or life-income gift,
will you continue to ask me for annual contributions?
Your planned gift is a significant addition to our long-term financial strength and our ability to meet the challenges and opportunities the future will bring. However, today's efforts are supported through annual gifts and we greatly appreciate and encourage any annual support you may want to consider.
Office of Gift Planning
National Audubon Society
225 Varick Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014