Ways to Give
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Any gift, regardless of size, enhances our mission to support quality education at the UW-Platteville. However, with each gift our hope is that you – our donors – also receive the tax and other benefits associated with charitable giving and the reward of knowing you’re an important partner in building for the future of UW-Platteville.
GIFTS OF CASH
Many donors to the UW-Platteville Foundation choose to make gifts of cash. A cash gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law for the year in which it is given. Cash gifts have an immediate impact on UW-Platteville’s colleges and programs.
The foundation works with many donors who wish to establish a multi-year pledges payment plan. Often, this method of giving enables donors to contribute more generously than they may have considered by spreading the gift payments over a period of years.
MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS
A Matching Gift Program is a wonderful way to increase the impact of your support. Contact your Human Resources Office and ask if your company matches employee donations to non-profit organizations and how you may participate.
GIFTS OF APPRECIATED SECURITIES
Many people find the best way to make charitable gifts is in the form of marketable securities, such as stocks or mutual fund shares that have appreciated in value. Securities owned longer than one year qualify as long-term property and once donated to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization are entitled to a federal income tax itemized deduction, based on the current fair market value of the security, regardless of what it originally cost.
A gift-in-kind is considered to be an attractive option for some donors. Property related to a university function (for example, art to the art museum, computers, clothing for events) and not related property such as (jewelry, livestock, pleasure boats) are considered charitable deductions.
GIFTS OF REAL ESTATE
A gift of real property is another charitable option that may result in tax savings. If you sell real estate you have owned for a number of years, it is likely you will be faced with a sizable capital gains tax, especially if the property is not your residence. Through an outright gift of such property, a double tax savings is possible. First, in most cases you will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of the property – a savings of as much as 40 percent or more of the property’s value. In addition, you will not be liable for capital gains tax on the transfer since the property was given rather than sold.
Planned gifts are gift arrangements that may have specific tax advantages for the donor and/or family members. Some of the options used by donors when naming a charitable organization as the beneficiary include bequests, gifts of life insurance, and many of the varied types of trust currently available.
UW-Platteville is blessed with alumni and friends that give their time and talents to assist the campus in immeasurable ways. Volunteerism comes in a variety of forms such as serving on a departmental advisory board, organizing an alumni event, hosting students at your place of business, assisting with fundraising, creating an internship, or being a guest lecturer in a class.
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