Outright Gifts

Legacy Gifts

Memorial/Honor Gifts




Outright Gifts


Gifts of cash or check are the easiest and most convenient way to make a charitable contribution and can be used to establish your own fund or add to an existing fund at our community foundation. Cash gifts entitle you to a tax deduction of up to 50% 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.

Real Estate

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 are considered by the board and staff on a case-by-case basis. Our ability to accept real estate as a charitable contribution depends upon a number of factors and requirements. 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 community foundation will liquidate the item and use the proceeds to establish or add to an existing fund. The greatest tax benefit comes when the donated object is considered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be a long-term capital gain property 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 such 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 the community foundation.

Legacy Gifts (tab #2)

We encourage you to work with your estate planning professional to determine your best course of action. Here are some options you may wish to discuss. We would be happy to meet with you and your advisor at any time.


A bequest to the community foundation can be as simple as adding a paragraph to your will or naming us on a formal beneficiary designation form. This is the most common planned gift, and it may provide you with valuable estate tax savings and reduce inheritance taxes.

Bequests can be in the form of:

  •    a stated dollar amount or specific property
  •    a percentage of the estate
  •    a portion or all of the residual once provisions have been made for all family members

 See sample language under the Legacy Society tab.

Life Insurance

Name the community foundation as a beneficiary of your policy. Your estate will be entitled to an offsetting charitable deduction. You will receive an immediate tax deduction that usually approximates the cash surrender value of the policy. All premium payments made thereafter are deductible as a charitable contribution.

Retirement Plans

You can name the community foundation as the designated beneficiary of a retirement plan (e.g., IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.). These are advantageous types of assets to leave to charity because they can be taxed heavily when left to heirs. Heirs pay income tax on disbursements from a decedent’s retirement plan. Leaving a retirement plan to the community foundation ensures that 100 % of your gift will support your charitable interests and is one of the most tax efficient ways to transfer assets.

Charitable Trusts

A charitable remainder trust (CRT) pays the donor, or a beneficiary designated by the donor, regular income payments for life or a specified trust term (up to 20 years). Whatever remains is then transferred to the community foundation into an existing fund or a fund that you create. The donor receives an immediate charitable tax deduction for the present value of the gift in the year the gift is made. The CRT can be structured to pay a fixed amount, or income that varies with the value of the trust.

A charitable lead trust (CLT) pays annual payments to the community foundation over a donor’s lifetime or for a specified number of years The annual payments may be fixed or may be variable based on the value of the trust. When the trust terminates, the trust principal is distributed to family or others designated by the donor as the beneficiary.

Memorial/Honor Gifts (tab #3)

Create a lasting legacy in our community to memorialize a loved one or a person who greatly influenced your life. Create a fund that carries their name or give in their memory to an existing fund that gives to issues or charities they supported.

Honor a family member, colleague or friend on a special occasion through a gift to our community impact endowment.   Your gift will be tax deductible and the person whom you choose to honor will receive a customized card acknowledging that you have made a gift in their name.

Our staff is available at any time to assist you with your giving.  We have many ideas to share with you.

Be an informed giver

Don't be afraid to ask questions when you're asked to give, including the specific name of the solicitor and his or her relationship to the organization.  Ask how much of your gift will be used for administrative costs versus program costs and the specifics of the project your money will go toward, as well as other important information.  Give only when you feel comfortable that your contribution will be going to support an organization which you know and believe in and a project or program which will achieve results.

Budget for Giving

Plant your philanthropic activities right into your budget just as you would other financial obligations.

Read more: Tips on Wise Giving




Year-end Tax Planning

Your client just sold their business and would like to make a substantial charitable contribution to offset their taxable income, but they have no time before the end of the year to research a charity that might be of interest to them. Establish a donor advised fund and receive and immediate tax deduction for the gift.  Make subsequent recommendations for grants to charities of their choice whenever it is most convenient.  Consolidating giving through a donor advised fund makes it easy to keep track of charitable gifts for tax reporting.

Comfortable Retirement

As a retiree, your client wants to increase the income they currently receive from certificates of deposit, but doesn't want to risk investing in stocks.  They also desire to begin a legacy to benefit the arts in their community. Establish a charitable remainder trust that provides a stream of income during their liftime.  Any remainder can be used to establish a fund to benefit the charity(ies) that they designate.  They receive enhanced current income while knowing that their charitable goals will be met in the future. 

Appreciated Stock

Your client owns highly appreciated stock that they have held for more than one year.  They have a strong interest in affordable housing for the disabled and would like to take an active role in supporting their community.  They would also like to involve their adult children in establishing a plan for the family's charitable giving. Open a donor advised fund with a gift of the appreciated stock.  They will receive an immediate tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock and avoid paying captial gains tax on its sale.  The entire family can serve as advisors to the fund and develop charitable goals together, with assistance from Foundation staff if desired. 

Appreciated Real Estate

Your client owns appreciated real estate and wishes to donate it to their local church.  However, the church is not prepared to accept gifts of real estate. They can donate the property to establish an endowment fund for the benefit of their church.  They will receive a tax deduction for its fair market value, while avoiding any capital gains tax that would arise from the sale.  The Foundation will sell the property and use the proceeds to endow the fund, providing ongoing support to the church.

Estate Preservation

Your client is approaching retirement and wants to reduce future income and estate taxes by directing IRA assets left at the time of their death to charity.  They would also like to ensure that their gift impacts critical community needs present at the time the gift is made. Your client can contribute their IRA assets to the Foundation's unrestricted endowment fund.  Gifts that support the Foundation increase our ability to respond to community needs.  By gifting their IRA or qualified retirement plan assets to charity at the time of death, they maintain the use of the assets during their liftime, generate an estate tax deduction and avoid paying income taxes on the distribution of plan assets.

We are happy to help you find the best way to meet your clients' charitable and financial goals while maximizing tax benefits.

What to Give:  Cash, securities, life insurance, retirement plans are only some of the assets clients can use to start a fund or make a donation.

How to Give:  Outright gifts, bequests (see Footprint Fellows in the donor section), charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trust are all possible vehicles for making a gift to the community foundation.

Where to Give:  Donor-advised funds, field of interest funds, agency or named funds, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation makes it simple for you and your clients to create or contribute to a fund that matches their vision.

Footprint Fellows:  If you have clients who plan to leave a gift to Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation through their will or estate plan, we invite them to join our "Footprint Fellows".

To explore ways that we can help you serve your clients, contact Lee Owen, Executive Director at 912 268-4442 or