match your goal
with your giving

There are many ways to do good for our community through a gift to the Evanston Community Foundation. Take a look at the options.

matching your goal and giving strategy with benefits to you

Your Goal

Your Strategy

Your Benefits

Retain assets during your lifetime and provide for Evanston's future. Include ECF in your will or trust as the recipient of a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after other distributions.  Your assets are preserved for lifetime use, and ECF carries forward your legacy of charitable giving. 
Maximize your charitable contribution and your income tax deduction now. Give appreciated shares of stock or other securities instead of cash. Reap the fruits of your successful investments – reduce your tax exposure through a gift with appreciated value.
Leave more of your estate to your heirs.  Name ECF as the beneficiary of your retirement plan. Plan benefits may be taxable to your heirs at ordinary income rates. Donate those assets, and pass assets taxable at lower rates to your heirs. Reduce the tax burden on your estate and maximize benefits for your heirs. 
Take a tax deduction now for life insurance coverage your family no longer depends upon. Make ECF the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Reduce your present tax burden, reduce the tax burden on your estate, and make good use of a less-needed asset.
Reduce your current or estate tax burden, and tap the value of non-cash assets.  Give personal property or real estate to ECF.  Reduce your taxes, and make good use of unneeded assets. 

The Evanston Community Foundation does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your professional advisors before acting on any of these opportunities.