For every dollar you give to Benetech®, a full 85% goes directly to
support our initiatives.
Your investment will enable us to continue our global programs and expand
our work as we take on new challenges.
Our staff will work with you to design the right gift that matches
your interests, timing and charitable giving strategy. To discuss your
specific goals and needs, please contact Aaron Firestone, Business Development Manager,
at 650-352-0094, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more about Benetech at GuideStar.
Making a Donation
When making a donation to Benetech, you may choose to contribute to
the Benetech New Initiatives Fund, or to the Benetech General Fund,
or to specify a Project.
Make a tax deductible donation to Benetech online
using your credit card.
- Donate by mail or fax
our Mail or Fax Donation Instructions form.
Then mail or fax to:
Attn: Business Development
480 California Ave., Suite 201
Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609
- Donate by phone
To make a U.S. tax-deductible donation with your credit card by phone,
please call Benetech’s Business Development Office at:
Monday through Friday
9am to 5pm - Pacific Time
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Types of Donations
- Gifts in honor or memorial
Your gift will have additional significance and meaning if you choose
to contribute in honor or in memory of someone. We will send a card
to those you designate to receive notification of your honor or memorial
gift. To make a gift in someone’s honor, please include the
name and address of that person. To make a gift in someone’s
memory, please include the name of that person and also the address
of any individual (s), family, friends you would like us to notify.
- Gifts of stock and securities
Benetech welcomes gifts of stock and securities. All donations are
U.S. tax deductible, and it is possible that giving a gift of stock
or securities may have the added benefit of helping the donor avoid
capital gains tax on appreciated securities.
To make a donation of stock or securities, please contact Teresa Throckmorton
- Corporate matching gifts
Your place of work may offer a matching gift program, which could
double your donation to Benetech. By talking to your Human Resource
Department you can find out if this is an option.
- Planned gifts
Gifts made through your will, trusts, life insurance or retirement
assets are some of the ways you can help to provide Benetech with
an ongoing source of income that enables us to make the multiple-year
investments required to create sustainable projects that will have
long-lasting impact for generations to come.
- Creating lasting benefit through your will
You can retain your assets during your life and defer your charitable
support until the donor’s death by naming Benetech in your
- Giving through your revocable living trust
If, through a revocable living trust, you have chosen to pass
your property to loved ones while minimizing probate costs, consider
how you might add a charitable dimension to this plan as well.
Similar to a charitable bequest through a will, such a gift is
tax-deductible from estate taxes and can be delayed until all
family members have been provided for.
- Giving through your life insurance
Life insurance is another way to donate to Benetech. There are
a number of different ways to do this. You can name Benetech as
a beneficiary to receive a certain percentage of your life insurance;
donate a paid-up policy, which enables you to take a tax deduction
in the amount of the replacement value of the policy; purchase
a new policy and designate Benetech as owner and beneficiary (
all of the premiums are then tax-deductible); buy life insurance
to replace a bequest ( this enables you to take the tax deduction
now); or designate Benetech as a secondary or final beneficiary,
which means that if your primary beneficiary(ies) predeceases
you, Benetech is then the beneficiary and the amount we receive
when the time comes is deducted from your estate taxes.
- Creative gifts using retirement assets
Whether you participate in a company pension plan or a fund you
have established yourself, such as an IRA, you may accumulate
funds beyond your needs for comfortable support of yourself and
your loved ones. In such cases, you may wish to consider how you
can use these “excess” funds to make charitable gifts
in a tax-efficient way. You can also use your retirement assets
to establish a charitable trust, designating Benetech as the final
beneficiary. Your spouse or heirs will receive payments from the
trust for the duration of their life, after which we receive the
remainder, without estate or income taxes consequence.
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