There are many ways to support the work of the Coastal Georgia Foundation to strengthen philanthropy for our coastal communities.
Open a Fund
There are many different types of funds and each can serve your needs, whether you're looking for short-term flexibility in your giving or a long-term legacy. Explore the Foundation's funds to find what is right for you or contact our office for more information.
Give to the Coastal Georgia Foundation's Unrestricted Fund
The Coastal Georgia Foundation's Unrestricted Fund supports the annual operating expenses of the Foundation. Your gift to this fund creates a revenue source so the Foundation can continue to be the community's philanthropic knowledge expert and charitable resource manager.
Give to the Coastal Community Endowment
The Coastal Community Endowment is a permanent fund that supports a broad range of community needs from feeding the hungry, educating youth, protecting our coastal environment, nourishing the arts, revitalizing neighborhoods and more. This fund also contributes to our competitive Community Impact Fund grants program, which runs annually beginning in January to support programs serving at-risk youth and their caregivers.
Give to an Existing Fund
Explore our existing funds - there may already be a fund that supports your passion in the community.
Ways to Give
Gifts of cash or check are the most convenient way to make a charitable contribution and can be used to establish your own fund or add to one of the Foundation's existing funds. Cash gifts entitle you to a tax deduction of up to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), with an opportunity to carry-over any excess deduction for five years.
Gifts of appreciated securities (bonds and stock, including stock in closely held companies) may also be used to establish a fund or add to an existing fund. Such gifts often provide important tax advantages. Their full fair market value is deductible as a charitable contribution up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. As with gifts of cash, deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward for up to five additional years. The added benefit of giving appreciated securities is the avoidance of the capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the gift. Gift of Stock instructions.
A gift of real estate held more than a year can provide the same federal tax advantages as those described for gifts of securities. If you are thinking of contributing real estate, it is important that you contact us prior to any action as such gifts must be reviewed by the Foundation's Board of Directors. Upon request, we will be happy to provide you, or your professional advisor, with the section of our gift acceptance policy that deals with proposed gifts of real estate.
Art, Jewelry, Antiques, and other Valuables
The Foundation is able to assist a fundholder with the liquidation of heirlooms and other estate items and allows for those proceeds to be used to establish or add to an existing fund. The greatest tax benefit comes when the donated object is considered to be a long-term capital gain property by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that has been held more than one year.
Assets from Trusts or a Private Foundation
To the extent you are permitted by law to make grants from a private foundation, you can direct those grants to the community foundation. In most cases, if a private foundation has become burdensome, it is possible to terminate it completely and transfer its assets to create a donor advised fund or other type fund at a community foundation.
Charitable IRA Rollover
IRAs can qualify for tax-free charitable distributions. The Coastal Georgia Foundation can help turn your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) into tax-saving charitable gifts. Extended tax benefits allow more people to experience the joy of giving during their lifetimes. More information.