For more information on any of the following ways to give, please contact a member of our team at development AT womenthrive DOT org or 202-999-4500.
All forms should be sent to:
attn: Organizational Advancement
1726 M Street, Suite 1075
Washington, D.C. 20036
Honoring Family and Friends
Women Thrive welcomes tribute gifts to celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries or to honor the memory of a loved one. We will send a card with beautiful images representing Women Thrive’s global work to your honoree or, in the case of a memorial gift, to a family member or friend you specify. The card will include your name and that of your honoree, but not the amount of your gift.
Gifts of Stock
Appreciated securities are perhaps the most cost-effective assets to use in making a gift. When you transfer ownership of stock, you receive a charitable tax deduction for the full market value and incur no capital gains tax (subject to IRS deduction limits) on shares held for at least one year. These tax advantages can decrease the cost of your gift while increasing the amount you can afford to give.
It can also be a wise financial move to contribute stock that has decreased in value. You can declare a loss, receive a tax deduction for the fair-market value of the shares, and use cash that you might otherwise have donated to purchase the same or other securities when rates are low.
Because electronic transfers are made without identifying the donor, please contact Lauren Supina in advance about the stock and number of shares you plan to give.
You may also contribute stock certificates. Simply send the unendorsed certificates and, separately (for security reasons), a signed stock power available from your financial services provider to Women Thrive Worldwide.
More and more, employers are making it easier to make philanthropy part of daily life—and offering programs that can even increase the impact of your gifts. Through workplace campaigns, you can support Women Thrive with payroll deductions, making an ongoing commitment to women and girls.
Women Thrive Worldwide participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (code 11216), a recognized leader in workplace giving.
Ask your employer for more information on workplace giving.
Many companies match the contributions of their employees, spouses, and retirees — a simple way to increase the impact of your gifts and become part of your organization’s philanthropic commitment. Companies know that matching charitable gifts is a meaningful demonstration of support for employees and their diverse visions for a better world.
Your human resources department can tell you whether your company has a matching gift program. Ask for a matching gift form, complete it, and send it to Women Thrive with your donation. We will verify receipt of your gift and submit the form to your company.
We encourage you to talk with your legal and tax advisors about the type of planned giving that might work best for you. If you’re considering a gift restricted to a particular aspect of our work, please consult with us as well, so that we can make sure your wishes are honored. If you have already established a future gift to Women Thrive Worldwide, please let us know so that we can thank you.
Making a bequest through a will enables you to designate a contribution while retaining full control of your assets throughout your life. You can bequeath a specific amount of money, a percentage of your estate, or specific property. Your charitable gift also may reduce taxes due on your estate. The wording of a bequest provision will vary depending on the type of gift—see examples below.
- Specific bequest: “I give to Women Thrive Worldwide or its successor organization [specify property or dollar amount].”
- Residuary bequest: “I give to Women Thrive Worldwide or its successor organization [all or a percentage] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate.”
- Contingent bequest: “If [primary beneficiary] does not survive me, then I give [cash, specific property or percentage of residue] to Women Thrive Worldwide or its successor organization.”
Contributing Through a Retirement Plan
You can donate all or a portion of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh, or other qualified retirement plan to Women Thrive Worldwide, or even make Women Thrive Worldwide a beneficiary of your retirement plan. This type of gift can help you reduce the taxes you pay on retirement savings—giving you more control over your money and the chance to have the greatest possible impact on women and girls.
Contributing Through Life Insurance
A simple way to provide a future gift is to name Women Thrive Worldwide as a first, second, or contingent beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Your estate will receive a tax deduction for insurance proceeds that pass to Women Thrive Worldwide on your death. You also may name Women Thrive Worldwide as both owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. This irrevocable gift would entitle you to a tax deduction in the year you make your gift. If your policy is not yet fully paid, you may make tax-deductible contributions to Women Thrive Worldwide to cover future premium payments. Such a gift can be a cost-effective way to make a significant contribution to our work.
Establishing a Charitable Trust
There are two primary types of charitable trusts, or living trusts, through which you can contribute to Women Thrive Worldwide. One is a charitable remainder trust. This provides you or other beneficiaries you name with a stream of income for life or a period of years. Almost any asset can be used to fund the trust, and it can be tailored to suit almost any financial or estate-planning goal. When the trust terminates, the remainder goes to Women Thrive Worldwide.
By contrast, a charitable lead trust allows you to make a future transfer of assets to your heirs at a significantly reduced gift and estate tax cost, while supporting Women Thrive Worldwide with fixed income during the term of the trust. When the trust terminates, the assets are passed to the beneficiaries you have named.