Your gift: Easy, lasting, powerful
Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; vibrant parks and wild forests that offer the opportunity to experience nature’s beauty and wonder; clean, renewable sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out; and of course, a stable climate — all this and more should be the heritage we leave to future generations.
Yet the threats to our environment and our families’ health won’t go away anytime soon. With your help, neither will we.
Your gift to Environment America Research & Policy Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, can have a lasting impact.
Giving through your will
We would consider it an honor to be remembered in your will.
Making a charitable bequest is simple and satisfying. In most cases, the addition of a few sentences to your will can complete the gift.
Please consult with your attorney before making any changes to your will.
More about giving through your will
Keeping your will or living trust updated is essential to ensure that all of your wishes will be carried out. It’s easy to remember Environment America Research & Policy Center in your will or living trust. Your advisor can include just a few sentences to arrange for the gift.
Through a will or trust, you can give:
- A specific dollar amount or asset, such as securities.
- A percentage of your estate.
- A gift from the balance of your estate after expenses have been paid and specific and general bequests have been honored.
Your gift may provide your estate with valuable tax savings. Please consult with your attorney before making any changes to your will.
An IRA or 401(k) can be an efficient way to save for retirement, but it is not always the best gift to leave to your heirs. These assets can be a way to include Environment America Research & Policy Center in your estate plan.
More about giving through retirement accounts
Most retirement plans are tax-deferred, meaning that you do not pay income tax on the assets in a retirement plan until they are distributed to you. Because any retirement assets that are unused during your lifetime may be subject to both income and estate taxes, these may be among the costliest assets to distribute to loved ones through your estate.
But a retirement asset can make an ideal gift to a tax-exempt charitable organization. Your estate may receive valuable tax savings. In addition, unlike an individual beneficiary, a tax-exempt non-profit like Environment America Research & Policy Center will not be subject to income tax on the value of the account. Consequently, leaving retirement account funds to a nonprofit can maximize the final value of your gift.
Naming or changing your beneficiary is simple. After checking with your advisors, ask the administrator of your retirement plan for a beneficiary designation form, fill it out, and return it to the administrator.
IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions
You may be able to arrange a direct transfer from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to Environment America Research & Policy Center without having to count the amount as income for federal tax purposes. This type of gift from your IRA assets during your lifetime is commonly called an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), but you may also see it referred to as a IRA Charitable Rollover.
More about giving through an IRA qualified charitable distribution
You may be able to arrange a direct transfer from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to Environment America Research & Policy Center without having to count the amount as income for federal tax purposes. This type of gift from your IRA assets during your lifetime is commonly called an IRA qualified charitable distribution (QCD), but you may also see it referred to as a IRA charitable rollover.
- You must be 70 ½ or older at the time the gift is made
- Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account (or in some circumstances a Roth IRA account) to a qualified charitable organization like Environment America Research & Policy Center
- The distributions must be outright charitable contributions; they cannot be used to fund life-income gifts such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts
IRA qualified charitable distributions can in many circumstances be used to satisfy part or all of your required minimum distribution*, can total up to $100,000 per year to qualified charities, and may be excluded from gross income for federal income tax purposes.
The distributions are not tax-deductible – because a deduction, combined with the exclusion from income, would result in a double tax benefit. But since many taxpayers are no longer itemizing their deductions, the exclusion of the IRA qualified charitable distribution amount from taxable income can provide a way for seniors to receive a tangible tax benefit from a charitable contribution even while taking the standard deduction.
For an IRA qualified charitable distribution to count toward your required minimum distribution for the current year, Environment America Research & Policy Center must receive your gift by Dec. 31st. Please instruct your IRA administrator to name you as the donor on the transfer, and please mail checks to the following address:
Environment America Research & Policy Center
Membership Processing Center
1543 Wazee St., Ste. 430
Denver, CO 80202
The IRS provides additional useful information on IRA qualified charitable distributions here. Environment America Research & Policy Center cannot provide tax or legal advice. Be sure to check with your financial advisor to make sure this type of gift the best choice for you.
* Your required minimum distribution (RMD) is the minimum amount you must withdraw from your traditional IRA each year, starting from age 73.
In some circumstances, you can name Environment America Research & Policy Center as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
More about giving through life insurance
Sometimes circumstances change and life insurance is no longer a critical part of an estate plan. If you wish to redirect life insurance, it’s simple to do so. You can designate a charity as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, which you will continue to own during your lifetime. This may provide your estate with valuable tax savings.
Alternatively, you can assign ownership of the policy to the charity. In this case, although you will give up control over the policy, you may receive a current income tax charitable deduction.
After consulting with your advisors about what is best for you, ask your insurance agent how to make these types of simple changes to your policy.
Giving through your Donor Advised Fund
Many of our supporters use Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to reach their philanthropic goals, manage their charitable giving, and secure favorable tax benefits. If you already have a donor advised fund, you can use it to direct a one-time or recurring charitable contribution to Environment America Research & Policy Center, or name our organization as a partial or full beneficiary of your DAF. It’s quick and easy to do. If you do not already benefit from a DAF, you can set one up through a community foundation or your financial institution.
More about giving through a Donor Advised Fund
To make a contribution through your donor advised fund of any amount to Environment America Research & Policy Center, a 501(c)(3) organization,, contact your DAF manager. Specify whether you want the gift to be one-time or recurring. You will need our name and mailing address and our Federal tax ID number. You can email our planned giving coordinator for this information.
Please include your name and address on the distribution so we can thank you for your gift and update you on the change your generous contribution will make possible.
You can also leave a lasting legacy by naming Environment America Research & Policy Center as a full or partial beneficiary of your donor-advised fund. To do this, reach out to your DAF administrator for a beneficiary form.
Donating appreciated securities will support our work and, under some circumstances, may provide a meaningful savings on your taxes.
More about donating securities
Donating appreciated securities to Environment America Research & Policy Center will support our work and, under some circumstances, may provide a meaningful savings on your taxes.
To find out more, including our DTC number and account number or other resources regarding planned giving, please email our Planned Giving Coordinator using the form below, or call 1-800-841-7299.
You can donate cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles to Environment America Research & Policy Center through Charitable Auto Resources. Your donation may be tax-deductible.
More about vehicle donation
You can donate cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles to Environment America Research & Policy Center through Charitable Auto Resources. Visit our donation page and learn more here.
Green Future Fund
The Green Future Fund was established to recognize and thank our donors who have expressed their commitment to a cleaner, greener tomorrow by remembering Environment America Research & Policy Center or Environment America in their estate plans.
If you’ve already included Environment America Research & Policy Center or Environment America in your estate plans or are planning to do so, email our Planned Giving Coordinator using the form below, or call 1-800-841-7299 to find out how to enroll in the Green Future Fund.
Donations to Environment America Research & Policy Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible in many circumstances. Please seek the guidance of your attorney or financial advisor when planning a major gift.
Contact Our Planned Giving Department
For questions about membership or automatic giving, please contact our Membership Services Department through the form on our main contact page, or call 1-800-401-6511.
To find out more about planned giving, including our tax identification number and other resources related to planned giving, please email our Planned Giving Coordinator using the form below, or call 1-800-841-7299.