Freethought Today · December 2017

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Looking to donate to FFRF? Here’s how!

There are many ways you can donate to FFRF, including directly through our website (ffrf.org/donate).

Ways to give include the Combined Federal Campaign for federal employees, matching gifts, AmazonSmile, estate planning, stock transfer and IRA charitable rollover gifts, which apply to seniors 70½ or older.

Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee, you may make donations to FFRF through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) until Jan. 12, 2018. The CFC code to designate your contribution is 32519.

It is recommended that all CFC donors check the box to include their name and mailing address with the donation. Donors will receive an acknowledgment from FFRF when we receive pledge notification (throughout the year).

FFRF has been a CFC charity since 2007. Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. appears in the listing of "National/International Independent Organizations," which is published in each local campaign charity list.

Matching grants

Matching grant donations have become a significant boost to FFRF in recent years. Many companies offer to match (fully or a percentage) their employees' donations to charitable organizations.

Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible contributions and may be submitted to matching gift programs upon organization approval.

FFRF receives Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating. Donations to FFRF are deductible for income-tax purposes.

IRA charitable rollover

If you are age 70½ or older, you may donate up to $100,000 to FFRF as a qualifying 501(c)(3) charitable organization directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The distribution will not be treated as taxable income, provided the distribution is made directly.

To qualify, contributions must come from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA, and they must be made directly to FFRF. Additionally, the donor may not receive goods or services in exchange for the donation and must retain a receipt from FFRF.

The IRA rollover became permanent in December 2015, which is very good news for senior citizens. The donation benefit had been allowed to expire in 2008 and then renewed temporarily by Congress several times at the last minute, creating uncertainty and confusion.

Because it is available to taxpayers whether or not they itemize their tax returns, the rollover helps older Americans, who are more likely not to file itemized returns.

FFRF will send a "non-tax" letter receipt that documents your lovely charitable rollover gift!

Stock

If you are interested in donating stock to FFRF, please call Director of Operations Lisa Strand or FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor at 1-800-335-4021 or email FFRF (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support FFRF every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Visit our AmazonSmile donation designation page and select the Freedom From Religion Foundation to donate 0.5 percent of eligible purchases to FFRF.

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation.

In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Estate planning

Leave a freethought legacy in your name that will significantly help carry forward the vital work of FFRF.

Arrange a bequest in your will or trust, or make the FFRF the beneficiary of an insurance policy, bank account or your IRA. It's easy to do.

For related information or to request a bequest brochure, please phone Annie Laurie Gaylor or Lisa Strand at 608-256-8900.

FFRF is a non-profit, educational organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income-tax purposes.

FFRF has received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator

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