Thank you for your interest in supporting Child Advocates of Fort Bend County. Our hope is to serve you and your family with helpful information. We have an increasing number of friends at CAFB who have made an investment of a lifetime through bequests, gift annuities and other plans.
At Child Advocates of Fort Bend County, Texas (CAFB), we help strengthen the voice of the child, heal the hurt and break the cycle of abuse and neglect for children and their non-offending family members of Fort Bend and surrounding counties. Our two nationally affiliated programs Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC allow our staff and volunteers to truly help and heal children from birth to 18+. We need your help to continue this worthwhile mission, whether through support that goes directly to the CAFB, or to its endowment or to its innovative programs. Your gifts can make a difference.
How to Give
As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your professional counsel when considering a gift to CAFB. If you would like us to recommend someone, please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-344-5108 for more information.
- Bequest: You designate our organization as the beneficiary of your assets by will, trust or other instrument.
- Charitable Gift Annuity: You transfer your cash or appreciated property to our organization in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed income (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.
- Charitable Unitrust: You transfer your cash or appreciated property to fund a charitable trust. The trust sells your property tax free and provides you with income for life or a term of years.
- Charitable Annuity Trust: You transfer your cash or appreciated property to fund a charitable trust. The trust sells your property tax free and provides you with fixed income for life or a term of years.
- Charitable Lead Trust: You transfer your cash or property to fund a lead trust that makes gifts to us for a number of years. You receive a charitable deduction for the gift. Your family receives the remainder at substantial tax savings.
- Sale and Unitrust: If you give a portion of your property to us to fund a charitable remainder trust, when the entire property sells you receive cash and income for life.
- Bargain Sale: We purchase your property for less than fair market value. You receive the cash and a charitable deduction for the difference between the market value and purchase price.
- Give it Twice Trust: You may be looking for a way to provide your children with income while making a gift to charity. The Give it Twice Trust is a popular option that allows you to transfer your IRA at death to a term of years uni trust.
- Life Estate Reserve: You may desire to leave your home or farm to us at your death but would like to receive a current charitable tax deduction. A life estate reserved might offer the solution you need!
Here are 5 Simple Ways to Make a Legacy Gift:
Making a bequest, and other beneficiary designations: you can easily designate Child Advocates of Fort Bend as the beneficiary of your assets by will, trust, or other beneficiary designation instrument. A planned gift vests after your lifetime. Some of the suggested gift types below can be given now during your lifetime, or arranged for within your charitable bequest or trust to be given after your lifetime as a planned gift:
- Gifts of Retirement Assets: A gift of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan is an excellent, simple way to make a gift. This allows you to enjoy your current income while living, and to still support the mission of Child Advocates of Fort Bend upon your passing. IRA Roll Over or Distribution Option: If you are over age 70 ½, you can make a tax-free transfer from an IRA directly to Child Advocates of Fort Bend, or you may choose to gift the assets after your lifetime.
- Gifts of Stocks and Bonds: A gift of your appreciated securities, including your stocks and bonds, is easy to make. You could avoid capital gains taxes that would otherwise be due if you sold them directly.
- Gifts of Cash: This is the simplest and easiest way for you to make a gift. Your estate will receive a charitable tax deduction providing you with potential savings on the same year’s tax return.
- Gifts of Insurance Policies: This gift can be made outright for cash value, or by naming Child Advocates of Fort Bend as beneficiary. A gift of your life insurance policy, for example, is an excellent way to do this. If your life insurance policy is no longer needed, or will no longer benefit your survivors, consider making a gift so that others may benefit from your generosity. You may also consider transfer of ownership to Child Advocates of Fort Bend of your paid-up policy.
- Gifts of Property: A gift of real estate or other appreciated property such as a home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, mineral rights, commercial property, collectible, or jewelry can make an excellent choice to offset a potential capital gains tax.