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Gift Planning Guide

Determining the right gift is just as important as making the gift. There are many options in your estate planning from which you can choose. In general, one of the simplest methods to leave a lasting legacy to ARF is the bequest. Bequests are an instrument of a contributor's will which sets aside a sum of money, portion of the estate or portion of the estate's residuary for distribution to a charitable organization such as ARF. The bequest can be small or large. It can be unrestricted, or it can be restricted for use to a specific program of interest.

Wills and Living Trusts

By including ARF in your will or living trust, you can make an important and lasting gift for the animals while meeting your financial and estate planning goals. A bequest to ARF can take many forms, and because a bequest qualifies for the estate tax charitable deduction, it may reduce your taxable estate.

Common types of bequests:

General:I give to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, a corporation organized and existing under the California Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California 94598, the sum of ________ dollars (or specific piece of property) to be used as the board of directors directs.”

Bequest of a percentage: “I give and bequeath ________ percent (name specific percentage) of my estate to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, a corporation organized and existing under the California Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California 94598.”

Bequest of residue: This is a provision in a will leaving the remainder of one’s estate to an organization after all other bequests are fulfilled. “The rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, whatever situation, I give and bequeath to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, a corporation organized and existing under the California Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California 94598.”

Contingent bequest: This leaves a bequest to ARF if any of the other beneficiaries are unable to receive their bequests because of death or other circumstances. Generally this reads, “should (name of person) predecease me, the portion of my estate going to ___________(this person) I give and bequeath to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, a corporation organized and existing under the California Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California 94598.”

To leave a gift from a Living Trust, write: "I direct my trustee to distribute from the principal of my trust estate to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, a corporation organized and existing under the California Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California 94598, the sum of ________ dollars (or, if stock, land or other property, please describe)."

Retirement Plan Assets

Your IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other qualified retirement plan may be heavily taxed if left to anyone other than a legally recognized spouse. By naming ARF as a beneficiary of all or a portion of a retirement plan, you avoid both the estate tax and income tax due on these tax-deferred plans if you distributed to your heirs.

Insurance

If you have a life insurance policy you no longer need, you may consider transferring ownership to ARF. You may also purchase a new policy, and later name ARF as the owner and beneficiary. Either gift generates a charitable income tax deduction. The payment of premiums on behalf of ARF will also enable you to claim income tax charitable deductions.

A little planning today can ensure the thoughtful disbursement of your assets and can assure you, your heirs (including pets) and charitable interests have a more secure future.

A sound estate plan, which includes a planned giving provision, can provide income as well as tax advantages. ARF has provided general information about planned giving instruments below and you should always consult your attorney or estate planner on all such matters.

ARF’s Legal Designation

The following information should be included to name ARF in your will, trust or other planned gift:

  • Complete legal name – Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Permanent address – 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
  • Federal tax identification number – 68-0240341

 

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