The People Pages: Types of Charitable Gifts

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition

Types of donations, or charitable gifts, include:

  • Liquid assets –may be in the form of cash, check, money order, or securities
  • Grants – these are foundation gifts that do not need to be repaid.  Types of grants include:
    • General Operating Support
    • Program Support for specific programs or projects
    • Seed Money for new programs or organizations
    • Capacity Building to develop organizational skills and resources
    • Capital to fund facilities and equipment purchase and improvement
    • Matching which match other funds raised by the organization
    • Challenge which are conditional on a certain amount of other funds being raise
  • Planned gifts –large gifts that transfer assets from an individual to an organization contingent on the donor’s death.  The most popular types of planned gifts are:
    • Bequests – an organization is named as a beneficiary in a will
    • Charitable Remainder Trusts – the donor makes a donation which is invested into an annuity; the donor gets an income stream as long as they are alive and upon their death the remainder is transferred to the organization
  • Real estate, artwork, or other valuable items
  • In kind donations – material goods that help the organization fulfill its mission
  • Volunteer time

Other sources of income for your organization might include:

  • Membership
  • Program Fees
  • Earned Income from the sale of goods or services

Remind your volunteers and donors about your organization’s material needs as part of developing a mutually beneficial relationship with them.  Incorporate opportunities for giving into all of your interactions and activities, including:

  • Annual giving campaign
  • One on one communications
  • Special events
  • Newsletters
  • Email newsletters and announcements
  • Website
  • Capital and other special campaigns

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