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How you can help!

There are many way’s you can help GECAC.  We’re sure you’ll find one that’s very rewarding.  No matter which route you take, your generosity will make a difference in the lives children.

1.  Make a Gift

     Now it’s easier than ever to make a gift to GECAC in a variety of ways.

  • Make a Single Gift: Make single gifts to GECAC whenever you can, in any amount. Give where your gift is needed most or designate it to one of our programs. Honor or recognize someone with your gift. It’s quick and easy to do.
  • Set up a Monthly: I Care Gift: Become a I Care Member by setting up a monthly donation that fits your budget. Get the convenience of automated payments and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping GECAC all year long.
  • Support/Sponsor a GECAC Fund Raiser: GECAC fundraisers Casino Night, Rodeo and the Annual Antone E. Raymus Bowl-a-thon need your support--and cheerleading!
  • Give in Honor of a Special Occasion: Make a gift in honor of your next special occasion—a wedding, a birthday, a milestone. We’ll send you up to 25 donor acknowledgment cards that let your guests know how you feel about GECAC and maybe inspire them to support us, too.
  • Make a Gift of Securities: Giving securities to GECAC can be a smart financial move that also helps. It’s easy to do--just transfer them from a brokerage account or send them directly to us.
  • Major Gifts: Major gifts launch urgently needed projects, valuable programs, expansion and community outreach projects. We work closely with you to make sure your philanthropic goals are met.
  • Give in Honor or Memory: Honor or remember a loved one, close friends or family member with a heart-warming gift that helps kids.

2.  Host a Fundraiser

      Take your own affection for GECAC and multiply it by the power of your friends and family.  We call it      

     “fun-raising.” The results will amaze you!

  • Host an Event: Put on a fundraising event for GECAC—something as simple as a bake sale or dinner party or as energetic as a golf tournament. You’ll be rewarded with a lot of fun, connections to people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping GECAC help kids.
  • Participate in an Event: Events are a big part of GECAC’s fundraising efforts. Come join us! Have fun and help kids at the same time. Even if you can’t attend an event, you can still support it many other ways.

3.  Plan a Gift or Bequest

       Planned gifts and bequests help to ensure the long-term success of GECAC programs—and they can work

      financial wonders for you and your loved ones.  Here are some examples:
  • Bequest

You can provide now for a future gift to GECAC by including a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust.  GECAC receives the gift and applies it to the purpose you specified.  Benefits include:

A.      Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.

B.      You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change.

C.      You can direct your bequest to a particular purpose (be sure to check with GECAC to make sure your gift

          can be used as intended).

D.      There is no upper limit on the estate tax deductions that can be taken for charitable bequests.

E.      You know that your gift will benefit GECAC tomorrow just as you intend it to today.

  • Charitable Gift Annuities-Immediate

You transfer cash or securities to GECAC; GECAC pays you or two annuitants you name, a lifetime annuity; the principal passes to GECAC when the contract ends.  Benefits include:

A.      You receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your gift.

B.      Your lifetime annuity is backed by a reserve and the full assets of GECAC.

C.      Your annuity treatments are treated as part ordinary income, part capital gains income, and part tax-free 

          income.

D.      You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift that benefits you now and GECAC later.

  • Charitable Gift Annuity – Deferred

You transfer cash, securities or other property to GECAC; beginning on a specified date in the future; GECAC begins to pay you or up to two annuitants you name, fixed annuity payments for life; the principal passes to GECAC when the contract ends.  Benefits include:

A.      Deferral of payments permits a higher annuity rate and generates a larger charitable deduction.

B.      You can target your annuity payments to begin when you need them, such as retirement or when a

         grandchild needs help with tuition payments.

C.      The longer you defer payments, the higher the effective rate you will receive.

D.      You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift now that benefits both you and GECAC later.

  • Charitable Lead Trust

You contribute securities or other appreciating assets to a charitable lead trust; the trust makes annual payments to GECAC for a period of time; when the trust terminates the remaining principal is to your heirs.   Benefits include:

A.      The present value of the income payments to GECAC reduces your gift/estate tax.

B.      All appreciation that takes place in the trust goes tax-free to your heirs.

C.      You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to GECAC now that reduces the taxes due on

          transfers to your heirs.
  • Pooled Income fund

You transfer cash or securities to the pooled income fund; the trust issues you units, like a mutual fund, and pays you, or up to two income beneficiaries you name, the annual income attributable to your units for life; the principal attributed to your units passes to GECAC when the last income beneficiary passes away.  Benefits include:

A.      You receive gift credit and an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your trust.

B.      You pay no capital gains on any appreciated assets you donate.

C.      Income can exceed dividends you were receiving on the securities you donated.

D.      You have the satisfaction of making a gift that benefits you now and GECAC later.

  

  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

            You transfer cash, securities or other appreciated property into a trust; the trust makes fixed annual payments to you 

         or to beneficiaries you name; when the trust terminates, the remainder passes to GECAC.  Benefits include:

A.      You receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your contribution to the annuity trust.

B.      You pay no upfront capital gains tax on any appreciated assets you donate.

C.      You or your designated income beneficiaries receive stable, predictable income for life or term of years.

D.      You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift that benefits you now and GECAC later.

  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

            You transfer cash, securities or other appreciated property into a trust; the trust pays a percentage of the value of   

          its principal, which is re-valued annually to you or to beneficiaries you name; when the trust terminates, the remainder

          passes to GECAC.  Benefits include:

A.      You receive an immediate income tax on appreciated assets you donate.

B.      You pay no upfront capital gains tax on appreciated assets you donate.

C.      You or your designated beneficiaries receive income for life or a term of years.

D.      You can make additional gifts to the trust as your circumstances allow and qualify for additional tax 

          deductions.

E.      You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift that benefits you now and GECAC later.

  • Retained Life Estates

You transfer your residence, farm, or vacation home to GECAC subject to a life estate; you continue to live in the property for life or a specified term of years, while continuing to be responsible for all taxes and upkeep; the property passes to GEACA when you life estate ends.  Benefits include:

A.      You receive gift credit and an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the appraised value of 

         your property.

B.      You can terminate your life estate at any time and take an additional tax deduction.

C.      You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift now that benefits GECAC later.

  

  4.  Explore Family Philanthropy

  • Parents can help introduce their children to a lifetime of giving.  It’s a way to nurture the next generation of Philanthropists, developing habits of independence, kindness, good judgment and responsibility.  Thinking about raising money for something or someone?  Think of a great idea and we can help you get started.  We think the best way to encourage philanthropy is by example, we also believe that helping our youth get an education is a powerful mission.

 

The Benefits of Giving:
The main benefit to you is knowing you're helping kids who often can't find help anywhere else. But you'll also be joining a spirited and well connected community based organization devoted to educating children.  And we'll send you all the latest GECAC news and announcements about special events through our newsletter and annual report.  GECAC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.