Ways to Contribute
Your contribution supports ESF programs that fulfill the Foundation’s mission. Below is more information on the types of gifts which can help support ESF. Download & submit an ESF Contribution Form
Gifts of cash include those made by US currency, foreign currency (at US exchange rate), check, or by credit card. The value of the contribution equals the cash amount. Gifts of cash to ESF are fully deductible as charitable contributions under 501(c)(3) charitable guidelines. ESF’s tax ID number is available upon receipt of a gift.
Donations can be mailed or personally delivered to:
Eldercare Support Foundation
Attention: Terri Waldroff
1800 Blankenship Road, Suite 475
West Linn, OR 97068
Phone: (503) 210-4053
(Contribution checks should be made payable to ESF)
ESF is proud and pleased to acknowledge in-kind gifts that make the work of the Eldercare Support Foundation possible. Generally, these are distinct from tangible property if valued by an appraiser at $4,999 or less. Some samples of In-Kind contributions that ESF has been privileged to receive include: transportation, complimentary services, merchandise.
Gifts of Time and Talent
Financial support is critical to the future development of ESF’s education programs and senior life enrichment initiatives. Nonetheless, the heart and soul of the Foundation’s work equally depends on gifts of time and talent by volunteers. There are several meaningful volunteer opportunities that require various skills and time commitments, and ESF is grateful to those individuals who donate these most precious gifts. Please contact us if you’re interested in volunteering.
Volunteer Opportunities – ESF welcomes your participation as a volunteer for one of the following areas of operation:
- Volunteer Trainer (for Senior Wish training sessions)
- Senior Wish Consultant (at the facility level)
Your or your spouse’s employer may match charitable gifts made by employees, spouses of employees & retirees. Typically, the employee must initiate the process, complete paperwork and send it with contributions to ESF. The Foundation then makes the prescribed contact with the matching companies and receives contributions directly. Donors securing matching gifts are recognized for contributions equal to direct donations plus the amount of the match.
Leave a legacy in your name or in honor of someone. As you establish your estate plans, please consider the Eldercare Support Foundation as a worthwhile beneficiary of your largesse. A planned gift is one designed to benefit you and ESF in the future. It may be in the form of a bequest in your will or living trust, or a planned gift that provides either life income or life use from your asset. Thoughtfully planned, any of the following gifts may provide important personal benefits while providing a future gift to the Foundation. Donors often find that planned gifts enable them to use assets to support ESF that might otherwise be lost to estate, income, or capital gains taxation. ESF is able to provide a variety of planned giving vehicles that could provide you and your heirs with considerable benefits from life annuities to tax benefits. If you are interested in these vehicles, please contact the Eldercare Support Foundation for more information.
A bequest is the most common and flexible way to establish a legacy. To make a bequest to ESF simply name the Foundation as a charitable beneficiary of a percentage of your residual estate. A gift of retirement assets, such as pension plans or IRAs may allow you to give more than you thought possible, while reducing taxes that may otherwise consume these assets. A life income gift, such as a charitable remainder trust or gift annuity, can give you and/or a loved one income for life, provide unique tax benefits, and ultimately benefit the Eldercare Support Foundation. Gifts of life insurance policies you may no longer need may help ESF. Every individual’s estate planning is unique, and it is important that you consult with your tax adviser when contemplating a gift to ESF. As appropriate, ESF will make expert counsel available to discuss advanced estate planning.
Real or Tangible Property
Real Estate or other Tangible Property: Developed and undeveloped property, farms, ranches, residences may be contributable. Artwork, jewelry, rare books, equipment, antique furniture or other items of substantial value may also be contributable. Gifts of real estate and/or tangible property may be accepted by the Foundation after review by independent appraisal and legal counsel, and formal approval by the Board of Directors. Unless restricted for a particular use pertaining to a related cause (e.g. item for a Senior Wish initiative pre-approved) ESF’s policy is to sell the gifts of real or tangible property immediately with proceeds benefitting the Foundation’s general fund in support of areas of operation where there is greatest need. For contributions valued at less than $4,999 it is the responsibility of the donor to document value for tax purposes. ESF will simply acknowledge receipt of the gift with a description. For gifts valued in excess of $4,999, donors need to provide an independent appraisal by an accredited source so that ESF may acknowledge a specific amount. As with all charitable contributions, ESF recommends consultation with your financial advisor, accountant, estate planner and family members prior to making the commitment.
Stocks, bonds, or mutual funds may provide even greater tax benefits than gifts of cash. Gifts of appreciated securities can provide supporters of ESF with the opportunity to contribute funds invested in stocks directly, mutual funds or other appreciable securities that could produce adverse tax consequences if cashed out by an investor. To enjoy the tax benefits of donating appreciable securities, the ownership must be directly transferred from the donor’s account to an IRS recognized charitable organization. ESF is a 501 (c)(3) IRS approved charitable organization. When you make a gift of appreciated securities, it must be transferred by your broker (could be you) into ESF’s account. It is important to advise ESF of the transfer in advance so that we may track transactions and provide donors with the appropriate tax acknowledgement. ESF’s practice is to sell appreciated securities immediately with proceeds, unless specifically designated, benefitting the Foundation’s general fund in support of areas of operation where there is greatest need. For donors, the tax benefit of the contribution is calculated by the average of the high and low sales price on the day the transfer is completed and ESF takes possession multiplied by the number of shares contributed, not the value of the security when the transfer is ordered or the security is sold. Therefore, ESF will provide you with a tax receipt that represents the amount of the true gift. Your tax advisor will consult you on this process. The valuation of closely held, private securities will vary from the afore-mentioned calculation. As with all charitable contributions, ESF recommends consultation with your financial advisor, accountant, estate planner and family members prior to making the commitment.