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Americans continually set new records for charitable support.

In fact there are many ways that you can make a gift. The most common is by simply writing a check or giving cash. Many of these same individuals and families plan today for a gift that comes in the form of a bequest articulated in the Last Will and Testament.

But there are a number of other ways that friends provide critical support to The Salvation Army. Often the way that a gift is made can have dramatic impact on helping to meet the long and short-term objectives of a donor.

Almost every gift to a qualified charitable organization comes with certain tax benefits, thanks to our government's ongoing encouragement of the private support of charities. However, in many situations it is possible to receive more than just a charitable income tax deduction.

A planned gift is arranged by you legally during your lifetime. The principal benefits accrue to The Salvation Army at a later time, after your death or the death of your last named beneficiary.  Indeed, certain ways of giving make it possible to bypass capital gains taxes on appreciated assets providing additional income for you and/or your heirs, reducing income and estate taxes, relieving you and your heirs of complicated financial management responsibilities and helping to fulfill your personal, humanitarian and charitable objectives.  Planned gifts take many forms and can be made in cash, real estate, stocks, bonds, personal property or life insurance.

The professionals in our Office of Planned Giving have been trained to help match your gift with your objectives. They'll provide you with no obligation, confidential information that will ensure that your gift - whether cash, insurance, stock, property or a gift in trust - is timed to meet your objectives and deliver maximum value.

Your support is greatly appreciated and we are available to provide you with information and assistance in this important matter. If you need wording to include The Salvation Army in your estate plans, creating a life income for you and your loved ones, or in updating or creating your estate plans, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn St. Clair at Dawn_StClair@uss.SalvationArmy.org.