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A donor advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted from Inland Northwest Community Foundation to other charities or applied to support special projects or community initiatives through INWCF.

You transfer cash or other assets to INWCF, a tax-exempt public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted. In addition, you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.

In return, you receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account. This also allows for a centralized giving and record-keeping system in one location.

An Example of How It Works

Happy family Joe and Laura want to give back to their hometown by putting their money where it will do the most good. They establish a $25,000 donor advised fund with their community foundation.

The couple receives a federal income tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift. They also get all the time they need to decide which charities to support.

After researching community needs with the foundation’s staff, Joe and Laura recommend grants for a special initiative at INWCF and the Animal Rescue League. INWCF presents the charities with checks from the Megan Fund, which Joe and Laura named in honor of their granddaughter. Joe and Laura are delighted to start this personal legacy of giving.

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  1. Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
  2. Get to know the organization's policies and procedures-from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  4. Contact PJ Watters at 509-624-2606 or pjwatters@inwcf.org to discuss using donor advised funds to support INWCF and our mission.
  5. If you include INWCF in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Address: 421 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 606, Spokane, WA 99201-0405
Federal Tax ID Number: 91-0941053

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421 W. Riverside Ave.
Suite 606
Spokane, Washington 99201
(509) 624-2606

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Inland Northwest Community Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I , _____________, of ____________________ County, ______________State, declare this to be
[the First Codicil to] my Last Will dated ___________________. [I direct that paragraph __ of Article ___
of my Last Will to read as follows:] I give my estate [or ___ percent of the rest and remainder of my estate] [or $_____ from my estate] to Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Spokane, Washington ("INWCF"), a Washington State nonprofit corporation, TIN 91-0941053.
This gift shall be added to [name of your endowment fund or other existing fund], a separate fund as described in the Fund Agreement of that name.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is one you set up to be managed by a nonprofit organization, such as INWCF. When you donate to your fund, you receive a tax deduction. Then, you recommend distributions from your fund to charities. The full amount of your gift can be available to distribute, or your fund can be invested, and it will grow tax-free.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to INWCF as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to INWCF as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and INWCF where you agree to make a gift to INWCF and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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