A decision that comes with every gift is what form (or mechanism for making the gift) will your gift take. Below are the most popular options.
A simple donation of cash, which includes checks and credit card payments. These types of gifts may be made online, in person or through the mail.
A gift of shares of common stock that you own. The stock will be sold by the Foundation and the net proceeds used for the purpose you have specified for your gift.
A simple bequest in which you write a will which passes some of your estate to the Foundation upon your death to be placed into the fund or funds you have created.
Charitable Gift Annuity
A Charitable Gift Annuity in which you make a gift in exchange for the right for you (and your spouse, if you desire) to receive a set income for your lifetime(s) after which the remainder is used by the Foundation for the purpose you have specified.
Charitable Remainder Trust
A Charitable Remainder Trust in which you would provide a gift of cash, stock or real property to the Foundation. The money (or proceeds from the sale of your gift) would be invested by the Foundation and a certain percentage would be sent to you each year as an annuity payment. The payments would continue until you (and your spouse, if desired) pass away at which point the amount remaining in the trust would be used for the purpose you have specified for your gift.
Revocable Living Trust
A revocable living trust in which you establish a trust which will benefit the Foundation. Into that trust you place a portion of your assets. Upon your death, the assets in the trust would pass to the Foundation and used for the purpose you have specified or placed into the fund or funds you have identified.
Life Estate Agreement
A life estate agreement in which you donate your home to the Foundation who in turn grants you the right to live in the home until you die. At that point the home is sold by the Foundation and the proceeds would be used for the purpose you have specified or placed into the fund or funds you have identified.
A life insurance policy in which you would buy a policy and donate it to the Foundation. The Foundation would hold the policy until your death at which point it would be cashed in and the proceeds would be used for the purpose you have specified or placed into the fund or funds you have identified. Alternatively you could simply name the Foundation as the beneficiary of an existing policy. Upon your death, the same thing would occur.
Real Estate or Tangible Personal Property
A donation of real estate or other tangible gift such as silverware, art, etc. Once in the hands of the Foundation such a gift would be sold and the proceeds would be used for the purpose you have specified or placed into the fund or funds you have identified.
Other mechanisms exist but these are the most popular. Please consult a development officer for more detailed explainations of these mechanisms.