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BCF enables Brookline residents with philanthropic interests to effectively and easily support the issues they care about in their community – with gifts today and with gifts for the future.
Making a Bequest
Brookline Forever is the legacy society for those who wish to include BCF in their will, estate plan, or through planned giving. Adding BCF as a partial beneficiary to a life insurance policy or IRA can take as little as 15 minutes, but the impact will last forever.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust allows you make a current gift, and create an income stream over a period of time. After that period, the remaining trust property is paid to the Brookline Community Foundation for the purpose designated by you, the donor. You will receive an income tax deduction and a gift tax charitable deduction for the value of the remainder interest at the time that you establish the trust. You may fund the charitable remainder trust by the transfer of cash, securities, real estate or other property.
By assigning a life insurance policy to BCF as owner and beneficiary, a donor's premiums are tax-deductible. When the policy is redeemed, a permanent fund is created to support the charitable purposes identified by the donor.
Naming BCF as a beneficiary of your retirement account is an easy way to make a contribution while reducing the impact of income and estate taxes by removing the asset from the donor's estate.