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Ways You Can Give to Make a Difference

Planned Giving

About Bequests

You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

An IRA rollover allows people age 70 1/2 and older to reduce their taxable income by making a gift directly from their IRA.

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Beneficiary Designations

A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support our cause. You can designate our organization as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a great way you can make a gift to our organization and benefit. You transfer your cash or property to our organization and we promise to make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age.

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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others. Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning.

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Gift Options

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Find out What to Give and learn about the best assets to make a planned gift. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property. Learn How to Give and discover gift options that provide tax and income benefits. Discover the best planned gift to meet your goals.

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Monday July 6, 2020

Washington News

Washington Hotline

IRS Warning On COVID–19 Scams

In IR-2020-115, the Internal Revenue Service cautioned taxpayers to be on guard against tax fraud and other financial schemes. The COVID-19 crisis has opened a new door for fraudsters and scammers, who are creating strategies to victimize taxpayers.

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated, "Criminals seize every opportunity to exploit bad situations, and this pandemic is no exception. The IRS is fully focused on protecting Americans while delivering Economic Impact Payments in record time. The pursuit of those who participate in COVID–19 related scams, intentionally abusing the programs intended to help millions of Americans during these uncertain times, will long remain a significant priority of both the IRS and IRS-CI."

There are a variety of new scams and schemes, such as:
  • Fake At-Home Test Kits – A scammer may offer fraudulent kits, vaccines, pills or other treatments for COVID-19. Other scams promise medical supplies through fake shops, websites and social media accounts. After receiving the funds, no supplies are delivered.
  • Fake Organizations – Some scammers create fake charities that claim to be helping COVID-19 victims. Others claim to offer the chance to invest in a company that is working on a vaccine, developing new drugs or offering other services for COVID-19 victims to generate donations.
  • Phishing Schemes – These phishing schemes may involve emails, letters, texts or links to bogus websites. If you respond to an email or text and click on the link, the scammers will attempt to obtain your passwords and personal information to steal from your financial accounts.
Don Fort, Chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, stated, "Criminals try to take advantage of our most vulnerable times and our most vulnerable populations. But because we have seen many of these criminals and schemes before, we know how to find them and we know how to expose them."

If you believe that you are a victim of a scam, you can report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721. You also could submit a web complaint form or report to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at Tips.TIGTA.gov.

Published June 12, 2020
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