There are three, primary ways to give:
outright gifts, planned gifts, and appreciated securities
Cash, securities, real estate, life insurance and tangible personal property can all be used to make a charitable contribution in support of Safe Futures. Depending on the asset given, a donor can generally expect to obtain many benefits from giving a gift such as fulfilling philanthropic goals, reducing income tax through a charitable deduction, and in some instances avoiding capital gains.
Planned giving refers to the process of making a charitable gift of assets to one or more nonprofit organizations that require thoughtful planning in light of the donor’s philanthropic goals as well as their overall financial and estate saving plan.
These are popular charitable gift alternatives to cash. In addition to receiving an income-tax charitable deduction, the donor escapes potential tax on the capital gain element in the gifted securities.