You can take an active and crucial part of our charitable works by donating. As a non-profit charitable organization, we rely upon people like you to help us fulfill our missions, and we offer a variety of donation options to make contributing easy and flexible.
Whether you’d like to make a recurring donation, establish a long-term legacy or simply make a one-time contribution, we value and appreciate your support.
You can designate where your donation will go, or even identify specific items that you’d like to sponsor through our Wish List.
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Benefits include (1) Gifts of long-term appreciated securities are deductible up to 30% of adjusted gross income with a five-year carry-over for any “excess” deduction amounts; (2) Partial or complete avoidance of capital gains tax and; (3) Life income gifts can convert market uncertainty to guaranteed stable income.
Each person’s financial circumstance is unique. We highly recommend consulting your own financial professional before making any type of securities gift.
For further information on how you can make a gift of tangible personal property to any one of the Masonic Charities, contact us!
You can request a Loyalty Club form via the contact page and we’ll be glad to get you started!
|*Annual Fund Gift Club Benefits||Plumb Club|
$100 – $249.99
$250 – $499.99
|Square & Compass|
$500 – $999.99
$1,000 – $2999.99
|Name listed in Annual Report|
|Recognition Club Gift|
|Invitation to a Private Reception|
|Name Recognition on|
Mission of Love Wall
|Invitation to Annual Donor|
|Masonic Temple Framed|
Print Signed by Grand Master
*Giving clubs are based on unrestricted annual giving during the current year (except for planned gifts) that benefits all Masonic Charity programs / funds. Previous year annual fund giving will define your qualified current year giving level. Giving clubs and all membership levels and benefits subject to change.
With your support, children in need are provided with academic, social and recreational opportunities. Most importantly, they are given a second chance at life. Purchase items through the Masonic Children’s Home Giving Catalog to ensure the daily needs of our children continue to be met!
With your help, residents are provided with unique opportunities to experience joy, continue lifelong interests and feel dignified as they age and receive care. Purchase items through the Masonic Villages Giving Catalog to ensure the daily needs of our residents continue to be met!
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Leave a Legacy of Love
We recommend that you or your legal advisor contact the Office of Gift Planning to obtain the appropriate legal language you plan to use in your will or trust document. Out of appreciation to donors considering a bequest to Masonic Charities, our licensed staff attorney may offer complimentary assistance in providing a general overview of your plans and advise you on how to prepare for a meeting with your own attorney. To request assistance, please contact us using the button at the bottom of the page.
Your will is a written document that directs your assets to the people and causes you care about, executed in accordance with the formalities required by state law.
A revocable living trust can hold a majority of your assets during your lifetime, and it directs where the trust assets go later. This document can become the instrument by which your assets are distributed at your death, in essence acting like a will. Plus, assets in a living trust bypass the probate process.
To view our “Leaving a Legacy of Love” brochure, please click here
A CGA may be structured as either a one-life gift annuity, in which you or your designated beneficiary receive the income for life; or, as a two-life gift annuity that provides income to you and another beneficiary, such as your spouse.
How much do CGAs pay?
CGAs pay donors at rates set by the American Council on Gift Annuities. The rates are usually very attractive compared to many other income sources, but are less than commercial annuities (hence the “charitable” nature of the transaction). The older you are, the higher the annuity rate you will receive. Historically, rates have ranged approximately from 4% to 9%. Rates are fixed for life, and depend on the age of the donor(s) at the time of the gift.
Is there a minimum amount or age?
For Masonic Charities, there is a $5,000 minimum contribution. There is no maximum, and donors have completed CGAs in excess of $1 million. The minimum age for a single beneficiary is 60, and for a couple, ages 60 or older.
How can I fund a Charitable Gift Annuity?
A CGA may be established using cash or appreciated securities. If you use securities, you may considerably reduce your capital gains tax liability.
Are there any tax benefits?
You are entitled to claim a charitable deduction on your income taxes in the year you establish a CGA. The amount of your deduction is the present value of the charitable portion of your gift, determined by your age(s) and the federal discount rate in effect at the time you make your gift.
Who can benefit from a CGA?
Usually the donor(s) themselves are the beneficiaries. However donors can choose to benefit another person(s), such as a family member(s). Up to two people can be beneficiaries.
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For a confidential illustration showing potential income and tax benefits from a CGA, please contact us.
Deferred Charitable Gift Annuities
Like a regular CGA, a deferred CGA will pay you, you and your spouse, or another individual you designate a fixed income on a future date which the donor chooses. The longer the delay between the creation of the deferred CGA and the start of payments, the larger the income tax charitable deduction resulting from the gift and the higher the annuity rate. Deferred CGAs can supplement IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s or Keogh plans. And, if you donate appreciated securities, you may be able to reduce your capital gains tax liability, as well.
We will be happy to discuss with you and your advisors the type of planned gift that may best help you accomplish your goals, based upon your individual circumstances. For more detailed information about Charitable Remainder Trusts, please contact us.
We recommend that you consult with your legal and financial advisors when considering establishing a Charitable Lead Trust. To learn more about making these trusts, please contact us.
Gifts of real estate are subject to specific policy guidelines. If you are considering a gift of real estate, either outright or through your estate plans, you should consult with your legal and financial advisors. We will be happy to work with you and your advisors to complete this gift. Donations of real estate must be approved by the Masonic Charities prior to transfer.
Who is Eligible for Membership?
Membership in the Franklin Legacy Society is open to anyone who has included a provision in any amount for one or more of the Masonic Charities in their will, revocable trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan. Also eligible are people who have entered into a planned gift arrangement, such as a life estate, charitable gift annuity, pooled income fund, charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust, with a Masonic Charity.
If you qualify, complete the contact form, and we will forward you a short membership application for completion. Upon receipt of the completed membership application, we will forward your Franklin Legacy Society membership packet.
Members of the Franklin Legacy Society are recognized in the following ways:
- Invitations to special events
- Your name(s) on a special donor wall*
- Your name(s) in the Annual Report for the Masonic Charities*
- Recognition with the society’s lapel pin depicting Bro. Benjamin Franklin at work at his printing press
- A distinctive book clock
* NOTE: Donors may choose to remain anonymous while participating in the activities of the Franklin Legacy Society.
Please contact us for more information.
The potential of the children who come to us depends on those willing to help them secure brighter futures. It is only through your charitable contributions that the Masonic Children’s Home is able to provide the 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year care, support and resources that truly make this a “home” for the children.
The Masonic Children’s Home Centennial Society recognizes and honors persons of vision and foresight who have taken the initiative to ensure that these precious youth will be offered a fresh start – a chance to attain the dreams they never before dared to hope for – today, and in future generations to come.
Who is Eligible for Membership?
The Masonic Children’s Home Centennial Society is open to anyone who has included a provision for the Masonic Children’s Home in their will through a bequest or other type of planned gifts such as a Charitable Gift Annuity, securities, an insurance policy, property or trust.
How May I Become a Member?
If you have already provided for the Masonic Children’s Home in your financial plans as outlined above, or would like to do so, complete the contact form, and we will forward you a short membership application for completion. Upon receipt of the completed membership application, we will forward your Masonic Children’s Home Centennial Society membership packet.
Members of the Masonic Children’s Home Centennial Society are recognized in the following ways:
- Invitations to special events including the annual Youth Appreciation Day and the annual Donor Dinner.
- Inscription of your name, or your honoree’s name(s)*, in the new Centennial Garden that will be created as an extension of the existing beautiful outdoor Donor Recognition Garden on the children’s home grounds.
- Recognition in the Annual Report for the Masonic Charities*
- Subscription to the “Home’s Grown Kids” newsletter
- Members of the Centennial Society automatically become members of the Franklin Legacy Society, enjoying all the benefits of belonging to that society, as well.
* NOTE: Donors may choose to remain anonymous while participating in the activities of the Masonic Children’s Home Centennial Society.