Giving by cash or check is the simplest and easiest way to support MLR. You will receive a charitable income tax (or estate tax) deduction for your gift.
MLR is happy to discuss the variety of planning options that a gift of real estate offers— whether a farm or ranching property, residence, vacation home, commercial property, or vacant land. There are more opportunities available involving real estate than nearly any other type of asset, allowing MLR’s gift planning staff to design a plan that meets your philanthropic, tax, and estate planning needs.
MLR staff travels thousands of miles visiting farms and ranches all over the state. Montana roads are challenging, even in a new vehicle. If you have a good, used, fuel-efficient vehicle with less than 60,000 miles, and are thinking of trading it in, please consider making a charitable contribution of your vehicle to MLR.
Donating appreciated securities is an easy way to provide immediate support to MLR’s work, while maximizing your tax benefit. You can avoid capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated stock, and take an income tax deduction for its full market value.
Retirement assets, such as funds in an IRA, pension, 401k, 403b, or other tax-deferred plan, can be an excellent, tax-advantaged way to support MLR’s mission. Retirement assets may be especially appropriate to utilize as sources of charitable funds in your estate plans, as your family members may face unanticipated and highly negative tax consequences if you leave these assets to them.
Designating MLR as the beneficiary of your investment account, bank account, life insurance, or retirement plan can be a great and easy way to support MLR’s work. Many of these accounts allow you to designate any percentage of the asset for a gift to MLR, or to designate MLR as a contingent beneficiary. You may also donate some or all of your life insurance policy, or designate MLR the policy owner and treat premiums as charitable contributions as you pay them.
It takes all of us to keep MLR’s promise of enduring protection of agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space for generations to come. MLR’s work would not be possible without those who have included the organization in their overall financial and estate plans through planned gifts, such as bequests, gifts of real and personal property, gift annuities, charitable trusts, life estate gifts, and more.
You can leave a lasting legacy of conservation with a gift of any size or type—often carrying a greater impact than you thought possible.