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Types of Gifts

Types of Gifts

Cash Gifts
Making a donation of cash is as simple as writing a check or authorizing a charge on your credit card. We can even set up monthly recurring donations. From your standpoint, it’s no fuss, no bother. Find out how The Living Desert can put your gift to work without delay.


Gifts of Stock
Your broker or other financial institution can easily transfer stock to The Living Desert electronically. Giving stock that has increased in value to make your gift may have tremendous advantages in reducing capital gains taxes, as you pay tax only on the original cost of the stock when you transfer it directly to charity. You can electronically transfer stock to The Living Desert’s account number OBP-788845, DTC #0226 at National Financial Services. Please let us know by notifying Eileen Gill, Development Officer, at or (760) 340-5865 when you are making a gift of stock, as the shares are transferred without any information on the donor.

Company Matching Gifts
Matching gifts are company-donated contributions that match the contribution made by employees on a one-to-one, two-to-one, or even three-to-one basis. This program enables some donors to increase the impact of their contributions to The Living Desert. For many donors, knowing that their gift can be doubled is a powerful incentive to give to The Living Desert annually.

Closely-held Stock
A donation of your closely-held stock can be a fine way for you to make a sizable charitable contribution while realizing valuable tax benefits.

Learn how to help The Living Desert by using wills and bequests, some of the most popular and simplest ways to make a gift.

Memorials and Endowments
Discover a powerful way to make a gift to The Living Desert in your name or in the name of a loved one, while realizing tax benefits for your kindness.

Planned Gifts
Explore the value of charitable gifts that require a little thought, but pay off in big benefits to you, your family, and The Living Desert.

Retirement Plan Assets
Your financial future will likely revolve around your retirement plan assets. To maximize the value of a retirement account, consider making a lifetime gift of its after-tax values to a tax-exempt deferred giving plan.

Savings Bonds
Savings bonds are likely the nation’s most widely held asset. However, they may represent major assets that have stopped growing and are now collecting dust, just waiting to be put to use. A tax-wise use for your appreciated savings bonds is to support a cause you care about.

Donating your life insurance could be a way to support the work we do. By making The Living Desert the beneficiary of an existing policy, you make good use of your resources and expand your ability to make a significant gift.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Real Estate
Using real estate, such as your house, farm, or commercial property to fund a gift allows you to preserve your cash assets, receive significant tax and income advantages, and make a larger charitable gift than anticipated.

Give My Home, but Live There for Life
Make a gift to The Living Desert of a remainder interest in your home, receive sizable tax benefits now and continue living in your home for the rest of your life.

Charitable Remainder Trusts
Under the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very important support to The Living Desert.

Charitable Lead Trusts
Make a donation now while reducing the tax burden for your heirs in the future.

Donor Advised Funds
Access the giving power of a private foundation without the expense or complexity.

For more information, please contact Development at or call us at or (760) 346-5694 ext. 2166

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