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Planned Giving

The Legacy Society is composed of individuals who have provided for the Fremont Area Community Foundation as part of their planned gifts. These are special people who are dedicated to a better future for their community for years to come.

There are many different ways to become a member of the Legacy Society. Simply inform the Foundation of the type of gift you have chosen to leave. This may include cash, securities, life insurance, IRA, memorials or other bequests. Gifts may offer tax advantages. We advise consultation with your financial advisor or attorney.

Becoming a member of the FACF Legacy Society has many advantages:

  • Flexibility - Through the Foundation you can serve several charitable interests in one place.
  • Involvement - Donors can choose the level of involvement according to their preferences.
  • Naming Rights - Funds can be named as desired: for an individual, a family, a purpose or an organization.
  • Experience - The Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff are experienced with philanthropy in the Fremont area.
  • Tax Savings - The Fremont Area Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and qualifies as a public charity under federal tax law.
  • Permanence - The Foundation will continue to respond to community needs of the future as they evolve.

For more information about planned gifts through the Fremont Area Community Foundation, please contact Melissa Diers at 402-721-4252.

Getting a jump on a future “to do” list is always such a good feeling. The team at the community foundation can help you with your clients’ long-term charitable giving plans by putting in place the structures to receive bequests decades from now.

No matter how frequently you remind clients to pause before they automatically reach for the checkbook to make their charitable gifts, many clients still give cash! As an attorney, accountant, or financial advisor, you are well aware that giving long-term appreciated assets is often one of the most tax-savvy ways your clients can support their favorite charities. Nevertheless, it’s sometimes hard to convey that message to clients with words that stick. Next time, consider using illustrations to help clients see the benefits.

The team at the community foundation tracks legislation, legal developments, trends, news, and innovative strategies for all types of charitable giving so that we can keep fund holders and their advisors up to date.

Recently, donor-advised funds have been the subject of conversation within financial and estate planning circles, as well as a trending topic in philanthropy, related to a set of proposed regulations issued by the IRS late last year. The IRS has scheduled public hearings on the proposed regulations, set for May 6, 2024.

Just as each of your clients has a unique estate plan and financial plan to meet the client’s particular situation and goals, each of your philanthropic clients needs a unique charitable giving plan. For example, for some clients, giving shares of highly-appreciated stock consistently every year to their fund at the community foundation makes the most sense for their charitable goals and their mix of assets. For other clients, leaving a bequest to the community foundation to support specific areas of interest is the best fit for the client’s financial situation and community priorities.

The community foundation offers charitable giving vehicles to meet a wide range of clients’ needs. In many cases, a single client can benefit from setting up multiple funds of different types. Here’s a quick primer on a few of the most popular fund types.

Tax time has its silver linings! Going over a tax return with a client helps start a productive conversation about ways to plan gifts to charity more effectively. As you scan 2023’s charitable contributions, talk with the client about whether those charitable gifts were made with cash or with other assets and then steer the conversation toward discussing the most effective assets to give to charity during 2024 and beyond.

Here is a four-point checklist that can help you advise your clients about the range of charitable giving options.