MORE WAYS TO GIVE
There are almost as many ways to make a donation to AFI as there are needs to be met. Explore this section to discover ways to make a gift that take into consideration your personal circumstances and the needs of your heirs.
FINANCIAL AND ESTATE PLANNING
For more information, please contact:
Greg Copeland, Director, Individual Giving, at 323.856.7605 or gcopeland@ AFI.com.
Today donors have the opportunity to support the American Film Institute and accomplish any number of financial planning objectives — from providing for AFI through a bequest to a variety of charitable gift instruments that can assist with current and future tax planning, provide the donors with lifetime income and a current tax-deduction, and provide for the donors children or grandchildren. Below are some of the strategies you can use to support AFI and accomplish key goals of your financial and estate planning:
Do you have stocks and bonds that have been held long-term (more than eighteen months), and have increased in value? Consider giving them to the American Film Institute. You could give a gift that costs you less than the benefit it gives AFI, and also avoid capital gains tax liability.
If your assets have decreased in value, sell them and donate the proceeds to AFI and take a charitable deduction. The loss can be used to offset other gains on your tax returns.
The American Film Institute welcomes in-kind gifts (contributions of goods and services) such as equipment, computer hardware and software, books, artifacts and art that support our mission and programs. While in-kind donations are often received from businesses and corporations, individual donors also contribute many types of in-kind gifts.
You can double or even triple your gift by taking advantage of your company's matching program. Some employers even match gifts from retirees. Please contact your human resources department to find out how to match your personal philanthropy and increase your membership level at no additional cost to you.
The American Film Institute welcomes gifts of real estate either outright or through one of the Financial and Estate Planning options. If you own real estate (either land and/or a building) that has appreciated in value - increasing your tax burden and other expenses - you may want to adopt this giving strategy.
In addition, you can make a gift of your residence, vacation home or farm to obtain a substantial tax deduction and, at the same time, retain the right for you and your spouse to live there during your lifetimes.