Planned Giving to the MSA Coalition
A planned gift is any major gift, made in your lifetime or at death as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning that benefits charities and/or heirs. It is an important philanthropic tool to support The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. in a meaningful and substantial way. Planned giving can enable you to make larger donations than you could make from your normal income. Through estate and tax planning techniques, planned gifts can be set up to maximize the gift and/or minimize the impact of the gift on your estate. Planned giving can be beneficial to both you and The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc.
What can be donated through planned giving:
- Appreciated securities/stock
- Real estate
- Partnership interests
- Personal property
- Life insurance
- Retirement plan
The benefits of planned giving may include:
- A variety of tax advantages
- The possibility of the gifting from current (even illiquid) assets such as securities or real estate, as opposed to cash
- The potential for making a significantly larger gift than might be normally possible
- The potential to leave a lasting legacy in the fight against multiple system atrophy
- The ability to save significantly on estate taxes
There are several different options for providing a planned gift to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc.
One of the simplest ways to remember the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. in your estate plan is through your will. You may designate the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. to receive cash and/or other assets at the time of your death. Memorials can be established with bequests to honor you, a family member or someone else.
To make a bequest of cash or property to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc., please ensure the following language is included in your will:
“I give and bequeath to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc., a non-profit organized under the laws of the State of Texas, and having its main office at 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102, the sum of $ ________ or ________% of the residue, rest and remainder of my estate to be used for the general purpose and mission of the organization.”
Retirement Plan Assets
Assets remaining in retirement plans at your death funded with pre-tax dollars are considered “income in respect of a decedent.” Not only are your assets diminished by estate taxes, your heirs must also pay income taxes on them.
If your family is otherwise well provided for, retirement plan assets are an extremely tax-efficient gift and allow your family to avoid all income and estate taxes when you name the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. as the primary beneficiary.
You can continue to withdraw from the retirement plan during your lifetime.
Life insurance is a good tool for planned giving to charity. Life insurance can be gifted by transferring the ownership of an existing policy to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc., which usually results in a tax deduction for the policy’s fair market value or cost basis, if lower, on the date of the gift. If you name the Multiple system Atrophy Coalition as a beneficiary on a new policy or add the charity as a beneficiary on an existing policy, your estate will receive an estate tax deduction for the insurance proceeds.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
You can transfer assets to a charitable remainder trust so after the death of the last beneficiary the remaining funds go to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. The other beneficiaries (typically your spouse and/or children) named in the trust receive a fixed amount of variable income for life.
Charitable Lead Trusts
With a charitable lead trust you transfer assets to a trust to provide income to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. for a period of predetermined years. At the end of designated period, the trust assets revert either to the donor or to someone else the donor designates.
Planned giving is a tremendous tool to truly make a lasting difference as the fight to find a cure for multiple system atrophy continues. To make the soundest decisions possible for you, your family and the charity, the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc. strongly recommends that you speak with a certified financial planner or estate planning specialist. If you or your financial advisor would like to discuss planned giving with us, please contact Carol Langer, CPA – MSA Coalition Treasurer, Board of Directors, at 866-737-4999, extension 205, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Identification Number
The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, Inc.’s tax identification number is 74-2926378.