In just several months, Sandoway Discovery Center has expanded its programs, held its annual gala and continued its educational and environmental work in and around Delray Beach. Our goal is simple: to make Sandoway the premier nature center in Florida. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help, and your generosity.
There are so many ways to make a difference by giving. And there are several reasons to make that gift – and that difference – now:
Sandoway is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your gift is tax federal income tax deductable. But this may not always be the case. There is no guarantee that the current income tax system will remain in place indefinitely. Given the economic and tax landscape, things are likely to change. So make your contribution now and get the full (up to 50% of adjusted gross income) deduction! (Tip: if you want the income tax deduction now, but want to spread the gift over time, or have not fully decided which charities to assist, consider contributing to a donor advised fund. Once funded, a donor advised fund can be utilized for years to come, while giving you an income tax deduction for 2017 based on the value of the gift. If future laws limit the deduction, you will have already locked in yours for 2017.)
Consider a gift of appreciated stocks and bonds, held over one year, to Sandoway. You will get the federal income tax deduction for the fair market value of the assets. You will not recognize any gain on the transfer and Sandoway will not be subject to tax on the gain at sale.
If your employer has a matching gift program, take advantage of it! This can double your gift to Sandoway. There are no guarantees that such benefits will always be in place. So check with your employer’s human resources department for more information and act now.
Interest rates are historically low, and present a unique opportunity to leverage gifts to Sandoway. Many charitable trusts “split” a charitable interest (which may be at the start, or “lead,” of the trust or at the end, or “remainder,” of it) from a non-charitable interest. The combination of low interest rates and low asset valuations can serve to reduce the taxable portion of a split interest gift. See your estate planner for details.