Donor Stories

Robert Lane

Robert Lane
Author, professor, and activist Robert Lane passed away at the end of 2017, at age 100. He had been living with his wife, Helen, in a retirement community in Hamden, Connecticut, while continuing to be active in causes he cared about. Read More

Vincent M. Gulisano

Vincent M. Gulisano
Vincent M. Gulisano, born in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 12, 1944, passed away at the age of 70 on January 9, 2015. After receiving his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, he joined the Peace Corps and spent two years teaching math and science in Nigeria. Read More

Jan Spielman DeBeers and John DeBeers

Jan Spielman DeBeers and John DeBeers
Jan Spielman DeBeers, born in 1923, was a world traveler who served at the United States Information Service and married economist John DeBeers. Throughout her life she traveled around the world, meeting her first husband in Pakistan. Read More

Edith B. Wilkie Edwards

Edith B. Wilkie Edwards
Edie Wilkie promoted world peace in both her personal and professional lives, working as an arms control activist and congressional staff member. From 1978 - 1995, she was the director of the bipartisan and influential Congressional Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus. Read More

Sidney Hollander Jr.

Sidney Hollander Jr.
Sidney Hollander was a pioneer in market and political research, and a leader in the civil rights movements. He worked with developer James W. Rouse in building Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore, and he conducted election polls for newspapers and political candidates throughout his career. Read More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Center for International Policy 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 give to the Center for International Policy, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 2000 M Street NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20036, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to CIP or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 CIP as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 CIP 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 CIP where you agree to make a gift to CIP 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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