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Thank you for investing in Benetech’s work. It’s support like yours that allows us to develop the technology needed to help people all around the world.

logo-exchange-silver_128x94Below are a number of different ways you can make a donation to Benetech:

For more information on any of these options, please contact Aaron Firestone, our Director of Business Development at AaronFirestone [at] Benetech.org.

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Prefer to Give by Phone?

To make a gift with your credit card by phone, please call Benetech’s Business Development Office at: (650) 644-3400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Prefer to Give by Mail, Email, or Fax?

To make a gift with your credit card or a check by mail or fax, please use this form and mail it to:

Benetech
Attn: Business Development
480 S California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Or fax it to: (650) 475-1066

If you’d prefer, you could also email the form to AaronFirestone [at] Benetech.org or fax it to: (650) 475-1066. If you give by check, please make your check payable to ”Benetech.”

Gifts of Stock and Securities

Benetech welcomes gifts of most types of stock and securities. 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. If you wish to make a gift of stocks or securities, please contact StockGifts [at] Benetech.org for assistance in making your gift.

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. For more information and assistance, contact GiftMatch [at] Benetech.org.

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. This 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 or living trust 

You can retain your assets during your life and provide for Benetech in your will or living trust.

  • 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 remainder trust, designating Benetech as the final beneficiary. Your spouse or heirs will receive payments from the trust for the duration of their lives, after which we receive the remainder, without estate or income taxes consequence.

For more information on planned giving options, please contact Aaron Firestone, our Director of Business Development at AaronFirestone [at] Benetech.org.

Institutional Financial Supporters

Benetech is generously supported by leaders in philanthropy and technology and by government agencies. Their support allows us to remove profit as a barrier to conceiving and developing technology that would improve the lives of millions. Together, we can ensure that those who would benefit most from technology have access to it.

If your foundation or company is interested in supporting our work, please contact Aaron Firestone, our Director of Business Development at AaronFirestone [at] Benetech.org.

Other Ideas?

Our staff will work with you to design the right gift that matches your interests, timing, and charitable giving strategy. To discuss any of the above options, or to discuss alternative gifts that match your specific goals and interests, please contact Aaron Firestone, our Director of Business Development, at AaronFirestone [at] Benetech.org.