For many Americans,
April 15 is a time of anxiety and stress. However, the deadline to file state
and federal tax returns does not have to be a date to dread. In fact, it is an
ideal opportunity to consider making a planned gift to ChildFund. With so many
ways to give, tax season can be a time of renewal and the chance to invest in
the lives of children in need all over the world.
Ways to Give
a child or choosing a gift from our Gifts
of Love & Hope catalog are excellent ways to support children's
development at any time of year, planned giving presents other opportunities to
make a difference.
For example, our Gifts of Stock
and Appreciated Assets program enables you to transfer ownership of stocks,
bonds or mutual funds to ChildFund; we will sell your securities, and the
proceeds will directly benefit our global programs.
In return, you'll receive an immediate income tax
deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer,
regardless of what you actually paid for the stock options at the time of
purchase. In addition, you won't have to pay capital gains taxes on the transfer
when the stock is sold.
Alternatively, if you would like to include
ChildFund in your will, you can make a gift to us through your will or trust
without any cost during your lifetime. After bequeathing a specified sum to
ChildFund as part of your will, you will retain control of your assets during
your lifetime, and you can request that ChildFund uses your gift toward a
specific program, tax laws permitting. This option can provide children in need
with essential supplies and services upon your passing. If you want to make
saving children's lives a part of your legacy, leaving ChildFund a portion of
your estate in your will is an excellent way to do so.
Also, our Charitable
Gift Annuity option enables you to make a donation to ChildFund that will
provide a fixed income for two named beneficiaries for life. Another bonus of
this option is that the return on your investment is often significantly higher
than comparable rates of interest accrued on stocks or savings accounts.
With so many ways to help, please consider making
ChildFund part of your planned giving.