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    All of the giving options described below provide tax advantages. To get a clearer idea of what that means for a particular donation, request a gift illustration or contact your tax advisor.

    Giving Options

    Types of Accepted Gifts

    Gifts of Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds:

    Gifts of securities are especially advantageous if they have appreciated in value. Gifts of stocks held longer than one year avoid capital gains tax completely. In addition, donors receive a tax deduction for the market value of the gift.


    Beneficiary Designation:


    You can designate the AHS as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a retirement fund or a bank account.


    Life Insurance:


    Transfer ownership of a policy to the AHS and gain an immediate charitable tax deduction for the lesser of the policy's fair market value or the premiums paid.  Give a paid-up policy and receive a deduction for the policy’s cash value. You can also make the AHS a partial beneficiary of your employee life policy.




    Will provisions are the most frequently used deferred giving vehicle.  All you need is an attorney and appropriate bequest language.


    Charitable Gift Annuities:


    These are popular among older donors because of high payment rates. A CGA is a contract between the donor and a charity. Donors get lifetime income and the AHS receives the remaining balance.


    Charitable Remainder Trusts:


    These life income vehicles can be set up to focus on either predictable payments or inflation abatement. Upon the death of the payee(s), the AHS receives the principal value.


    Charitable Pooled Funds:


    Available through Fidelity Investments or The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust (Eaton Vance), these accounts function like Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs), providing donors lifetime income, with the principal balance passing to the AHS. Unlike a CRT, they entail no setup costs or complications and can be set up with as little as $20,000.


    Real Estate:


    Give a residence, farm or vacation property, gain a charitable gift deduction and retain the right to live in it.


    Donor Advised Funds:


    These donor held accounts function like personal foundations. They allow donors to make tax-deductible contributions when circumstances warrant and defer allocation decisions until donors are ready to make them.


    Memorial Gifts:


    The AHS is pleased to accept gifts made in honor of persons deceased or living. Families will be notified as appropriate.


    Official Name & Tax Number:


    Please use the organization’s full name, the American Horticultural Society, and its tax ID number, 53-0226408, on all official documents.


    To learn more, contact Susan Klejst, Director of Development & Engagement, at sklejst@ahsgardening.org or (703) 768-5700 ext. 127.