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Planned Giving

Ways To Give Cash

One of the easiest and most common ways for you to support Compassion International is with a gift of cash. Cash can be used to help children in the form of:

An Outright Gift

By making a cash gift by check, credit card or money order today, you enable us to meet our most urgent needs and carry out our life-changing mission on a daily basis. You will have the opportunity to see your generosity in action and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize.

Other Ways to Give Cash

A payable on death (POD) account. A POD bank account or certificate of deposit names one or more individuals or charities as the beneficiary of all funds once you, the account owner, pass away. The beneficiary you name has no rights to the funds until after your lifetime. Until then, you remain in control and are free to change the beneficiary, use the money in the bank account or close the account.

A gift in your will or living trust. Through a gift in your will or living trust, you can support Compassion with a percentage of your total estate or a specific amount of money. This type of gift allows you the flexibility to change your mind at any time, if needed, and your estate will benefit from a federal estate tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift.

A charitable gift annuity. A charitable gift annuity typically works well for those 60 and older. Cash is one of the most common ways to fund this gift, which supports Compassion in addition to providing you and/or a loved one with fixed payments for life.

A charitable remainder trust. Cash is the easiest and least complicated way to fund a charitable remainder trust. Oftentimes, it can provide the necessary liquidity to provide for payments to the income beneficiary when the trust is funded with hard-to-sell assets.

A charitable lead trust. Lead trusts are oftentimes funded with cash in addition to stock or real estate.

A donor advised fund. A gift of cash through check or credit card is one of the easiest ways to contribute to a donor advised fund. Your federal income tax charitable deduction is equal to the amount of your cash contribution.

Memorial and tribute gifts. If you have a loved one who cares deeply about releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name, consider making a gift to Compassion in that person's name.

An endowed gift. Create an endowment or contribute to one that is already established to ensure that your support of Compassion will last forever.

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  1. Contact the Gift Planning Department at (855) 315-5019 or giftplanning@compassion.com for additional information on giving cash.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Compassion in your estate plans, use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.

Legal Name: Compassion International Inc.
Address 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3668
Federal Tax ID Number: 36-2423707

Gift Planning

Every child who participates in a Compassion program is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

 

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Compassion International a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Compassion International [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Compassion or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Compassion as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Compassion as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Compassion where you agree to make a gift to Compassion and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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