There are many ways to contribute to OFRF. In addition to donating cash, please consider the following alternative forms of giving. Your support ensures we can continue supporting organic farmers and ranchers.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #77-0252545.
Stocks & Securities
Many donors are surprised to learn how beneficial stock donations are and that you can make an even greater impact on our work by making a stock gift. Making a gift with appreciated securities will provide you a charitable deduction for the full value of the gift, whereas if you were to liquidate the assets and make a cash gift, you would be responsible for paying capital gains tax.
Donating stock may allow you to contribute more than you normally would if you were giving cash due to the tax savings. To make a gift of stock, simply complete this stock gift form, and provide the information to your broker. Please let us know about your gift so we can acknowledge you properly!
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)
OFRF welcomes gifts through donor-advised funds (DAFs). Grants from DAF’s cannot be used to satisfy a pre-existing pledge. Additionally, IRS rules prohibit the use of donor advised fund grants for any portion of a fundraising event ticket or table. Prior to making a grant recommendation to the OFRF, please ensure that your intentions meet any guidelines or requirements of your individual donor advised fund as suggested by your fund’s managers.
Estate Planning: Bequests and Beneficiary Designations (or Legacy Gifts)
OFRF is deeply grateful for bequests and gifts from beneficiary designations that you have included in your estate plans as legacy gifts. You can include OFRF in your legacy by providing for a gift of cash, securities, real estate, or other assets in your will, or naming OFRF as the beneficiary of an IRA, donor advised fund or life insurance plan. These legacy gifts leave an enduring impact on OFRF’s efforts to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.
To note, it may be beneficial to bequeath IRA assets to charity rather than to your heirs as IRA assets may be heavily taxed when inherited, and avoid that taxation when donated to charity.
If you have provided for OFRF in your estate plans, please contact OFRF at email@example.com. We would appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge your generosity and help us to envision how your gift will support our longer term efforts towards building sustainable agricultural systems and support organic farmers.
Making a gift from your IRA is simple. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make an outright gift directly to OFRF up to $100,000 annually from an IRA with an IRA charitable rollover gift, also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Distributions can only be directed from a traditional IRA (not from a retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), etc.) and possibly from a Roth IRA.
There are two potential benefits to this type of gift:
1. If you are over the age of 72, you can satisfy all or part of your annual required minimum distribution (RMD) with a QCD.
2. By making a charitable distribution from your IRA rather than realizing the income and then making a gift, you may avoid the possibility of your RMD bumping you into a higher tax bracket.
Contact your IRA administrator to request a direct distribution to OFRF. They will likely provide a form for you to complete and may request OFRF’s EIN (#77-0252545) and/or mailing address (PO Box #440 Santa Cruz, CA 95061). Please ask your IRA administrator to ensure your name and contact information is associated with the transfer.
Do you have a car, farm equipment, or other vehicle that you no longer need? You can now donate that vehicle to OFRF and get a tax write off for your donation. We work with Careasy.org to make the process simple – including picking up the vehicle, handling the sale, and sending you the necessary IRS Form if required.
Does your company have a matching gift program? Many companies do! If they do, you can submit a matching gift request to your employer to double (sometimes triple!) the impact of your gift. Your company will approve the request and then make a match donation to OFRF.
Make sure to pay attention to the deadlines for submitting your matching gift request as some companies don’t allow for gift matching after a certain amount of time after you gave your original gift. We recommend submitting your request right after you donate to OFRF!