Philanthropic Giving - At the Oral Cancer Foundation your gifts work hard.
A gift to The Oral Cancer Foundation establishes the donor as an active partner in the foundation's efforts to reduce the morbidity and mortality of this disease, and helps the foundation maintain its commitment to public and professional awareness, providing information resources, and other important oral cancer issues. Giving to support a specific foundation effort or initiative can be arranged.
The Annual Fund is a valuable source of unrestricted support that impacts every aspect of the foundations mission. These gifts enable us to respond more rapidly to new ideas in the battle against oral cancer. Your unrestricted gifts are directed to areas of greatest need and greatest promise as determined by the OCF leadership.
Gifts that Benefit Generations
Endowments are permanent legacies that provide significant donor recognition as well as vital support for oral cancer programs in perpetuity. The principal of your endowment gift is invested by the foundation. Funds distributed from the investment are used to support programs at the Oral Cancer Foundation. Your gift can establish an endowment fund that supports a mission area, program, or project for years to come. Life-income gifts enable you to contribute to The Oral Cancer Foundation while retaining all or a portion of the annual income generated by your gift. These gifts include charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities and pooled income funds, among many others. You may choose your own trustee for such plans.
Gifts of Shares of Stock
A gift of appreciated securities is another way that you can help the Oral cancer Foundation, and avoid or reduce capital gains taxes, while getting a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities.
By selling securities worth less than their purchase price, you may claim a capital loss for income tax. The proceeds can be donated to benefit OCF. To make a gift of stock, please contact us.
Deferred gifts allow you to provide a larger legacy than might be possible through cash gifts made during your lifetime. Although you may not actually see the advances such a gift makes possible, your deferred gift will contribute to the future strength of the foundation, and enable the foundations staff to carry forward the work and ideals in which you believe. Deferred gifts may be made in the form of bequests, life insurance, qualified retirement plans, real estate or family limited partnerships. Planned gifts offer the benefit of helping donors and their families to retain or receive income in addition to providing assets to The Oral Cancer Foundation. Please consult your legal and financial advisors to determine the advantages for your specific tax situation. The OCF Development Office is available to assist you in every way possible to arrange a planned gift or bequest to The Oral Cancer Foundation.
Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust allows a donor to make a gift to the foundation and, at the same time, retain income from the contributed asset.
Charitable Lead Trust
Income generated from assets placed in a charitable lead trust is paid to The Oral Cancer Foundation over a period of years. Once that period ends, the assets are distributed to designated beneficiaries.
Including The Oral Cancer Foundation in your will allows you to help provide for the future of the foundation. In addition, the amount of the bequest is deducted from the taxable estate.
Many employers will match the contributions their employees make, doubling or even tripling employee donations to The Oral Cancer Foundation. Please check with your personnel department to obtain more information about your company's matching gift policy.
Please contact the Office of Development at (949) 646-8000 for more information about these and other giving options.
Frequently asked questions
Q: I can only make a small gift at this time. Will it still make an impact?
A: Every gift makes a difference. The cumulative effect of several small gifts can be very significant. For example, your gift can help fund the start-up of a pilot project or enable a scientist to gather the preliminary data needed to compete for federal research grants. In this manner, the power of your gift is magnified many times over. Even small gifts allow us to continue to spread the message of early detection in public arenas.
Q: How does my donation help?
A: A gift to The Oral Cancer Foundation helps to provide needed funds for both new and ongoing initiatives and establishes the donor as an active partner in promoting the public interest goals of the foundation. We are very proud of the fact that as a heavily volunteer based organization very little of the money we receive is spent on salaries or overhead expenses like rent or fundraising. Your contribution will have meaning and be spent in a prudent and meaningful manner.
Q: What are the tax benefits of making a contribution?
A: Financial gifts where the donor receives no goods or services in return, are fully tax deductible. Capital gain on gifts of long-term capital gain assets, such as securities, is avoided. You also save estate taxes. It is important that you contact your financial and legal consultants to obtain specific information about other types of gifts since the tax benefits of making a gift can vary. The foundation is an IRS registered 501(c) 3 charity.
Q: What are the different ways I can make a gift?
A: Gifts can be made by check, money order, credit card (on the foundation's web site or by calling the information into the foundation), the transfer of stock, or of real property. In addition, there are many planned giving opportunities that have the potential to provide income to you and your beneficiaries.
Q: How do I make a gift in memory of or in honor of a friend or loved one?
A: To make a memorial or tribute gift, please indicate this is your desire. When the gift is received, special notification will be sent to the person, family, or institution that you have identified on the web store form or to us in writing with your mailed donation. The amount of the donation will not be revealed unless you specify otherwise. Donations of $500.00 or more require us to provide you with a written receipt for your tax purposes. For smaller donations your cancelled check or credit card receipt is all the IRS requires for verification.
Q: How will I be recognized for my gift?
A: All donors receive an acknowledgement of thanks. For large donations, the foundation may (with the donors permission) issue a press release regarding the donation.
Q: What other opportunities are there for recognition?
A: We are pleased to recognize our partners in the fight against cancer. With your approval, recognition of your gift reflects our shared commitment to eliminate cancer as a major health threat and serves to inspire other donors. Donors are recognized by membership in a variety of giving clubs and societies, depending on the type and size of gifts. Sponsorship of special events often offers opportunities for recognition in program materials and media coverage, or signage at the event. Naming opportunities are available for endowments and for the sponsorship of specific initiatives. Guidelines have been established for the recognition of significant gifts with naming opportunities and various types of publicity (such as publication of a donor honor roll, and press releases to the media.)
Our offices can put you in contact with professionals who are experienced in assisting you with all types of charitable gifts. We will help you and your financial/legal advisers design a giving plan that is in your best interests and also fulfills your desire to help eradicate oral cancer. To make a gift or obtain additional information about The Oral Cancer Foundation, please contact the Office of Development at: (949) 646-8000
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