The Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) welcomes gifts to the Annual Fund
which can be best spent for any immediate purpose. Those donors who wish
to have their gift fund a special project may specify how their gift is
intended to support IGE. There are many ways to make a gift to IGE and
this page will help you determine which donation option is right for you.
All donations to IGE are tax deductible. Please note that the Institute's
fiscal year runs from June 1st to May 31st. For more information, please
contact our staff by calling
Our organization runs, in large part, off donations by visitors such as
yourself. Consider making a
one-time donation today or read below about other giving options.
Other Ways to Give
The most direct method of giving to the Institute for Global Ethics is
with an outright gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other tangible
personal property. Outright gifts may be given in one donation, or with
several donations over two or more years. Contributing an outright gift
may yield an immediate tax deduction. Employers frequently match outright
gifts, in the case of a donor working for a company or corporation with
a matching gift program.
For those donors who would like to contribute on a monthly, bi-monthly
or other recurring basis, the Institute can accommodate your specific
needs. Contact us to learn how.
Real Estate, Stocks, Bonds, and Other Types of Securities
Real estate, stocks, bonds, or other types of securities that have appreciated
in value since the time they were purchased make excellent gifts. By donating
these items to a charitable organization, donors may receive capital gains
exemptions. In most cases, such gifts also yield a charitable deduction
equal to the full market value of the gift at the time of the transfer.
Donors may receive tax deductions for the current market value of works
of art, rare books, boats, antiques, and other tangible property.
A Gift by Will or Bequest
A gift made to the Institute through a will, commonly known as a bequest,
enables donors to make contributions without diminishing assets during
their lifetimes. Donors may specify how bequests support the chosen charity,
for specific purposes or for general support. A bequest offers donors
the opportunity to make gifts of personal assets that can be fully deducted
from an estate. Gifts may be for specific amounts, a percentage of the
estate, or for specific property within an estate.
Life Insurance Gifts
A gift of life insurance is another means of making a contribution to
the Institute. The Institute may be named as the owner and irrevocable
beneficiary of whole and term life policies. Such gifts may be a paid-up
policy, an existing policy with cash value, or a new policy. Premiums
paid after the policy has been contributed to the organization are deductible,
and donors earn charitable deductions equal to the present cash-surrender
value of the policy.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Charitable remainder trusts make it possible for donors to retain or even
increase income during their lifetimes for themselves or for the lifetimes
of other beneficiaries and, at the same time, to donate substantial gifts
at the time of their death to organizations about which they care. Charitable
remainder trusts may be particularly advantageous if the donor's assets
are highly appreciated, but provide minimal income. Charitable remainder
trusts may be structured to pay donors or their beneficiaries a fixed
amount or a fixed percentage of the market value of the trust. A contribution
to the Institute in the form of a charitable remainder trust makes it
possible for donors to receive income for life while making a gift of
the principal to the Institute after the death of the income beneficiary.
Cash, stocks or other securities, or real estate or other property may
be used to fund a charitable remainder trust.
For More Information
To find out more about these and other gift options, please consult with
your legal or financial advisor to discuss their benefits and to ensure
that you receive the tax benefits you desire and deserve. Highly technical
rules govern certain types of charitable giving. While
IGE staff members do not provide professional advice on estate planning, they are happy
to discuss with you and your professional advisors—in confidence—gift
opportunities that fit your needs and intentions.