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The Endowment Fund

There are a variety of options through which you can contribute to the HHM Endowment Fund. We graciously welcome gifts of all sizes and in several forms. Please feel free to make contributions through our regular budget and/or our Endowment Fund.

  1. Cash: A donation of cash is a direct and simple way to assist the HHM Endowment Fund while realizing your charitable objectives. For federal income tax purposes, cash gifts are fully deductible for those who itemize.
  2. Memorial/Honorary Gifts: A memorial gift is a way to honor a loved one who has passed away. In addition, you may wish to honor a special anniversary, a birthday or retirement by sending a contribution to the HHM Endowment Fund. A tribute will be forwarded to the person being honored, or to the family of the person being memorialized. Please send your gift to the HHM Endowment Fund in care of the Development Department and specify the person(s) who should receive this acknowledgement along with their address.
  3. Bequests: The HHM Endowment Fund can be a beneficiary of your estate, the recipient of a specified gift, residuary or contingent bequest, or the ultimate beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust. According to the IRS, bequests are deductible for federal estate tax purposes. Your personal accountant or financial advisor can provide assistance with wills, estate and gift planning.
  4. Appreciated Property (Stocks, Bonds, Real Estate): Gifts of securities as well as other appreciated property will also help us to reach our threshold goal. With a gift of appreciated securities held for more than one year, not only do you receive a charitable deduction, but you also avoid capital gains taxes. Additionally, gifts of appreciated real estate may make an attractive gift into a charitable remainder trust. Specifically, you will receive income for life and HHM receives the remainder at the time of death.
  5. Life Insurance: As life insurance customarily yeilds a large gift at an affordable monthly cost, you may find it to be a practical form of giving. You may give a life insurance policy that you already own, establish a new contract or name Hope House Ministries as the owner/beneficiary. Please consult your personal accountant or financial advisor regarding such gift arrangements. Premium payments for charitable life insurance contracts are tax deductible.
  6. Gifts that provide you with lifetime income: Deferred gifts include donations in which you transfer assets to Hope House Ministries. You will receive, in return, a lifetime of income interest for you, your children, spouse and/or other specified beneficiaries. Gift opportunities can be customized to meet the needs and priorities of the donor. Your personal financial advisor can assist you in determining how to best reach your goals through various gift options such as: charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities and deferred payment charitable gift annuities.

For information, please feel free to call Theresa Zeis, at HHM (631) 473-8796.

For questions regarding tax deductions, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service: Publication 526 entitled Charitable Contributions.

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