- What is the Annual Campaign?
Through the Annual Campaign, we ensure that the YMCA is available to all. Annual giving is a fundraising opportunity that YMCA staff, board members, members, parents, and friends participate in to support the YMCA each year. We encourages participation at all giving levels.
- What are the manners in which I can make a gift?
There are several ways to become involved with giving. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, bank electronic funds transfers/draws, appreciated assets— real estate, artwork, collector cars, and planned gifts. Capital pledges may be structured over a period of years with a signed letter of intent. Annual gifts to the Annual Campaign should be paid in full by December 31. Payments may be made in person, via mail, phone, and email or online.
- For Gifts of Cash
Write a check, or authorize a charge on your credit card or debit card.
- For Gifts of Securities
Contribute appreciated publicly traded securities that you have held more than one year. You can claim deductions for their full, fair market values and avoid tax on their appreciation.
- For Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets
To maximize the value of a retirement account, consider making a lifetime gift of its after-tax value to a tax-exempt, deferred giving plan benefits our Y.
- For Gifts of Life Insurance
Donating your life insurance could be a wonderful way to fulfill your desire to support our work—through adding the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette as the beneficiary of an existing policy.
- For Pledge Gifts
Pledges are deductible in the year they are fulfilled, not in the year they are made. You can choose to pay off your pledge either the entire amount or an upcoming installment.
- Bequest Gifting
Consider naming the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette as a beneficiary in your will or trust to help future generations.
- Can I make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one?
Memorial gifts are welcomed. You will receive a tax compliant acknowledgement letter. The individual (or their family) will receive acknowledgement from the YMCA noting that a gift was made in memory of the person you name. Your name and address are given to the memorial family so that they can acknowledge your generosity, but we do not share the gift value with the family.
- Does my gift really make a difference?
Absolutely. Every gift—regardless of size—makes a difference. We appreciate any gift that you are willing to make.
- Does the Y accept Matching Gifts?
Yes, corporate matching gifts are encouraged. Simply provide us with your company's matching gift form and submit it with the gift. We promptly complete the matching gift form and return it to your corporation.
- Will I receive a receipt for my gift?
All those who give a donation receive an IRS tax compliant acknowledgement letter for your tax reporting purposes.
- How can corporations and foundations work with the YMCA?
Our Resource Development Office fosters mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations and foundations in Oregon and Washington. The YMCA's strengths in character-driven programs and services can advance a company's strategic business interests and help philanthropic organizations achieve their goals. To discuss ways the Y can help your organization achieve its goals, please contact Bruce Patton, Chief Development Officer & Vice President, at 503.221.5342.
- What things should I keep in mind when considering end-of-the-year giving?
As the year ends, we enter into the season of thanksgiving, in which charitable gifts support our mission, and provide the opportunity to enjoy tax savings. If you time your charitable gifts before December 31, you may include itemized deductions on your current year income tax return.
We encourage you to seek financial advice from a planner you trust. We recognize the weight of this decision and believe it is in your best interest to discuss your plans with a respected financial, legal, and/or charitable organization advisor. Find someone with whom you can confidentially discuss your financial and personal goals concerning your charitable giving interests—what you want to give, the timing of your gift, and how a gift will be made. This information will help determine a plan best suited to your needs.
For hand-delivered securities, and hand-delivered Real Estate deeds, the day our broker or we receive it, will be the date of the gift. For more information, please contact Bruce Patton, Chief Development Officer & Vice President at 503.221.5342.