Smarter Way to Give

Planned gifts offer you smart and creative ways to increase your philanthropic impact through Reasons to Believe while also maximizing your financial benefits. A planned gift is generally made from your assets rather than your income.

By understanding the available options below, you can multiply the end results of your generosity in ways that are simple, flexible, cost-effective, and extraordinarily powerful.

Most charitable gifts to Reasons to Believe are in the form of cash, the type of giving people are most familiar with. However, this may not be the most cost-effective way for you to give.
You can increase your potential impact—and experience significant tax savings—by giving non-cash assets.

Examples of Non-Cash Assets

  • Stock or marketable securities
  • Real estate
  • Business interests
  • Farm commodities
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement benefits, such as gifts from your IRA

Benefits of Giving Non-Cash Assets

  • Tax-wise. Receive a fair market value deduction at the time of your gift and avoid tax liability on the sale of appreciated assets.
  • Eliminate hassles. Give assets you no longer need or want to manage (such as rental properties or vacation homes) for the benefit of Reasons to Believe.

Give Stock online or access stock information here

Learn More
Discuss smart and powerful ways to increase the impact of your generosity. Call donor relations manager Joel Wood at (855) 732-7667 or email stewardship@reasons.org.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can make a sizable gift from an individual retirement account (IRA) to Reasons to Believe AND reduce your taxable income.

Benefits of Giving from Your IRA

  • Convenient. It’s an easy way to give to Reasons to Believe.
  • Tax-wise. Distributions made directly to charity are not treated as taxable income. This is advantageous even if you don’t itemize deductions on your tax returns!
  • Promises kept. Gifts from your IRA can be used to fulfill any charitable giving pledges previously made.
  • Impactful. Gifts are tax-free to Reasons to Believe. The entirety of your gift will go toward ministry!

Requirements of a Qualified Charitable Distribution
You can give to Reasons to Believe from your IRA without any federal tax liability, as long as the gifts are qualified charitable distributions (QCDs). Distributions qualify for all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD).

  • IRA holders must be age 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
  • A single person may give up to $100,000 per year and a married couple may give up to $200,000 per year from separate accounts.
  • Gifts must be outright gifts made directly to a charitable organization.
  • Distributions to donor-advised funds, to charitable trusts, or for charitable gift annuities are not permissible.
  • Distributions may only be made from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs; other retirement accounts are not eligible.

Make a Gift from Your IRA through FreeWill

There are several ways to make a gift from your IRA. We recommend consulting your tax advisor to choose the option that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an easy way to make a gift now, you can take advantage of a free online service we’re offering to you through our partners at FreeWill. This online tool makes it possible for you to make a QCD gift from your IRA in 15 minutes or less. Click here to begin the QCD process now.

Learn More

Discuss smart and powerful ways to increase the impact of your generosity. Call donor relations manager Joel Wood at (855) 732-7667 or email stewardship@reasons.org.

When you leave a gift (also known as a “bequest”) to Reasons to Believe in your will or trust, you model to your loved ones a legacy of generosity. You also help ensure that Reasons to Believe will continue to make a difference well beyond your lifetime.

Benefits of Gifts in Your Will

  • Legacy. Extend the impact of your generosity well beyond your lifetime.
  • Availability. Retain access to your God-given resources for the remainder of your lifetime, or for as long as you need them.
  • Capacity. You can potentially make the largest gift you’ll ever have the ability to give.
    Use our free tool to create a will online here

Learn More

Discuss smart and powerful ways to increase the impact of your generosity. Call donor relations manager Joel Wood at (855) 732-7667 or email stewardship@reasons.org.

A donor-advised fund provides you with a simple, flexible, and tax-efficient giving opportunity. Receive an immediate tax deduction when you deposit cash or proceeds from appreciated assets into a single charitable giving account. Then, recommend grants be made to Reasons to Believe and your other favorite charities at a time that works best for you.

Through Reasons to Believe’s membership with Barnabas Foundation, you have complimentary access to the “Stewards Fund,” a donor-advised fund that reflects your biblical values.
Give through the Stewards Fund here

Benefits of Using the Stewards Fund

  • Timing. Receive an immediate tax deduction at the time you make a gift into the Stewards Fund. Then, at a time that works best for you, advise Barnabas Foundation how you wish your gifts to be distributed to Reasons to Believe and other ministries close to your heart.
  • Flexibility. Grants can be requested at any time of the day using Barnabas Foundation’s convenient online grant system. You may choose to give in one-time or recurring increments, and you may choose to designate your gift to meet specific organizational needs at Reasons to Believe.
  • Simplicity. Simplify your giving and record keeping by making all gifts of cash, stocks, or appreciated assets from a single account.
  • Privacy. You can choose to make any or all of your grants to Reasons to Believe anonymously.
  • Expertise. Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Barnabas Foundation staff, who will manage and liquidate your non-cash asset gifts.
  • Cost-effective. Many families choose to use their Stewards Fund account as a cost-effective alternative to establishing a private foundation.

Learn More

Discuss smart and powerful ways to increase the impact of your generosity. Call donor relations manager Joel Wood at (855) 732-7667 or email stewardship@reasons.org.

Learn about planned giving options here

Reasons to Believe partners with Barnabas Foundation to offer our supporters complimentary planning services and assistance with complex gifts.

Since 1976, Barnabas Foundation has helped thousands of individuals and families give more effectively to the ministries close to their hearts.

Barnabas Foundation will help you . . .

  • Identify the best giving options available to you, in a way that is clear and easy to understand.
  • Ensure your will reflects your personal and charitable goals.
  • Give stock, real estate, or other non-cash gifts while reducing your taxes.
  • Make gifts that provide you and your family with income for life.
  • Streamline and simplify the process of giving to multiple ministries.

Learn More

To learn more about the services available to you through Reasons to Believe’s membership with Barnabas Foundation, call donor relations manager Joel Wood at (855) 732-7667 or visit BarnabasFoundation.com.

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