Please remember us in your wills and trusts...
This page is designed to offer options and ideas as to how you can be a true partner in the sustainability and development of our future and in furthering cultural diplomacy worldwide.
Although there are potential tax benefits and savings, your reward will lie in helping to perpetuate exceptional cultural diplomacy and dialog between the United States and deserving nations on five continents. Join us as we take the American cultural and educational experience to over ninety nations in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Central, South and Southeast Asia.
If you have already included American Voices in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to assist you in making certain your intentions will be carried out.
We Want to Recognize You….
American Voices is in the process of creating a Planned Giving Society that will unite those members of our planned giving community towards the goal of supporting American cultural diplomacy in some of the most remote and isolated nations on the planet.
The name of our society is currently to be determined as we are in the process of asking several prominent figures in cultural diplomacy to lend their name of our effort.
If you would like to make a planned gift to American Voices please consult with us. As a planned donor, you will automatically become a member of our Planned Giving Society.
What is Planned Giving?
Planned giving is similar to an “ordinary gift” with the exception that it usually involves a tax deduction for the donor. It is also different in that there is a strategy involving the planning of your estate.
Most often this means a bequest, as about 80% of all planned gifts are bequests. It might also mean giving appreciated stock to avoid incurring capital-gains taxes or setting up a trust that provides the donor with an immediate tax deduction and monthly income for life with the remainder left in the trust going to the nonprofit of the donor’s choice.
Planned giving is often a process that results in a gift with the purpose and the timing determined by the donor and his or her financial advisors. A planned gift to a charitable organization can provide a donor with one or a combination of several of the following benefits: a charitable income-tax deduction, reduction or elimination of capital-gains taxes, monthly income for life for the donor and a beneficiary, reduction of estate taxes, and the emotional rewards that come from making lasting gifts to one’s favorite charities.
Ways to Give...
Bequests and Wills:
Please consider making a bequest to American Voices by including us in your will or living trust.
Charitable Gift Annuities:
Donor benefits include fixed income (partially tax free), reduction of capital gains tax, a charitable tax deduction for gift value and reduction in estate tax. A charitable gift annuity is a combination of a gift and an investment. The recipient organization accepts the gift (usually cash but possibly stock, bonds or even more complicated assets) and agrees to pay the donor (annuitant) and/or another recipient a fixed and specified dollar amount annually.
Life Insurance and Retirement Assets (401k’s, IRA’s, and such):
These are also important ways to make a planned gift. Please seek your attorney’s advice as these assets currently can suffer significant tax burdens (up to 75%) if the proceeds pass through the estate.
Gifts of Appreciated Securities and Other Assets (stocks, bonds, real estate and collections):
Please seek your attorney’s advice for the tax considerations involved in such a donation.
Charitable Remainder Trusts:
Provide income for the donor and a beneficiary for life. A charitable remainder annuity trust pays a fixed percentage on the value of the trust assets when the trust was established. A charitable remainder unitrust pays a fixed percentage, but the assets are valued annually. At the end of the donor’s and the beneficiary’s lifetimes, what remains in the trust goes to the named charity or charities. The donor may also have a reduction or avoidance of capital gains and estate tax.
Charitable Lead Trusts:
Work in reverse of a charitable remainder trust. The nonprofit receives a monthly percentage on assets placed in the trust for the donor’s life or for a period of years, but the principal returns to the donor or the donor’s heirs at the end of the trust.
Gifts of Real Estate