Marian and her sister co own a small stall where they sell milk food stuff and clothes. Somalia.

Tax-efficient Giving

Alongside legacy giving, there are a number of ways you can support Crisis Group through tax-efficient giving, both through in-lifetime gifts and planned gifts.  

Planned gifts with in-lifetime benefits

  • Designate Crisis Group as the beneficiary of your insurance policy

You can name Crisis Group the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, and the proceeds distributed to Crisis Group are exempt from estate tax. You can also divide the benefit among your loved ones and a charity, with the percentage designated to Crisis Group up to you. 

  • Set up a Charitable Lead Trust 

A Charitable Lead Trust provides financial donations to Crisis Group in your lifetime or for a specified term of years. Any remaining assets of the Trust are eventually passed back to your family members or other beneficiaries, providing a tool for tax efficient inter-generational giving. 

  • Consider a Life Estate Reserve

A Life Estate Reserve (or “Retained Life Estate”) transfers a property deed to Crisis Group. This could include your residence, a holiday home, farm or other property. As the donor, you retain your rights to live there for life or for a term of years, alongside tax benefits.

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Lifetime gifts

Alongside cash donations, Crisis Group can also accept gifts of:

  • Designated IRA or retirement plans, or IRA rollovers

You can designate Crisis Group as the beneficiary of a portion or all of your IRA, 401(k), or other retirement plans. When the donor’s estate is settled, the amount designated passes to the nonprofit and the donor’s heirs avoid income and estate tax.

If you are 70½ or older, you can make a tax-free gift through an IRA rollover (also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution) of up to $100,000 per year directly to Crisis Group. 

  • Donations through Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs)

A DAF allows time for a donor to develop a philanthropic vision. Donors can make contributions to their fund, receive an immediate tax benefit and make grants to qualifying nonprofits, including Crisis Group, immediately or after a period of consideration.

  • Gifts of shares, business interests and Appreciated Securities 

You can donate shares or publicly traded Appreciated Securities that you have owned for more than one year to Crisis Group. Typically Crisis Group sells the securities and the profits are applied to your specified area of interest, or to support the general work of Crisis Group. Donating securities provides an income tax charitable deduction based on the fair market value of the securities and also avoids capital gains tax. If you would like to discuss donating restricted securities to benefit Crisis Group, please contact the team.

  • Property or real estate

A gift of real estate can leverage a significant asset which both supports the work of Crisis Group and provides income tax deductions for you as the donor, with no capital gains tax due on the transfer. Gifts can be made with residential, commercial, or undeveloped real estate.

  • Personal property

Gifts of art, collectables, books or other personal property over a specific gift threshold are welcomed by Crisis Group, and can often provide significant tax benefits for the donor. Please contact Crisis Group staff using the online form to discuss your gift idea. 

  • Cryptocurrencies

We can now accept donations of cryptocurrencies! In the U.S., donations of cryptocurrencies are designated as a gift of personal property, and can provide significant tax benefits for the donor as a gift-in-kind. To find out more and make a cryptocurrency donation, go to our dedicated page.

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