Types of Gifts

There are numerous ways to support the Institute.

Below are just a few opportunities that are available to you. For further information about gifts and giving, or to receive information about planned giving, please contact Jill Szczesek, Chief Operating Officer at jszczesek@hwi.buffalo.edu.

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Memorials
These gifts are made to remember a loved one, family member, or friend.

Gifts of Honor
These gifts are given to salute and celebrate the accomplishments of others and can range from birthdays and anniversarys to graduations and new job positions.

Annual Gifts
These gifts are normally in response to a mail solicitation and are contributions for the current, unrestricted use of the Institute to help defray the operating costs and to support our research programs. In essence, these annual contributions help to insure the day-to-day operation of HWI.

Matching Gifts
Some organizations encourage charitable giving by matching employee contributions. Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift to HWI.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities
This is a tax wise way to support the Institute. When making a gift of appreciated stocks, bonds, and stock options, the donor pays no tax on the capital gains.

Gifts of Real Estate
Real estate may be contributed as an outright gift or to finance a planned gift.

Gift of Personal Property
These gifts can include works of art, manuscripts, rare books, antique furnishings, jewelry and other personal items.

Planned Gifts
Planned gifts allow you to make a significant gift while maintaining financial security for you and your family. Bequests, retirement plan designations, gifts of life insurance, gift annuities, and charitable trusts are just a few types of planned gifts. These gifts often provide attractive tax advantages and other financial benefits.

Bequests
For many, this is the most significant gift that can be made. A bequest removes assets from the donor’s estate and reduces federal taxes.

Retirement Plan Gifts
A donor can make a deferred gift by naming the Institute beneficiary of his or her retirement plan.

Life Insurance Gifts
A donor can name the Institute as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy.

Gift Annuities
A gift annuity is both a charitable contribution and an investment. The annuity provides guaranteed fixed income for the donor’s lifetime and/or for the lifetime of another beneficiary.

Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust generates income for the donor that is fixed or that fluctuates with market conditions and the growth of the trust. Income may continue through the donor’s lifetime or for a set term and benefit a charity upon death.

Charitable Lead Trusts
A charitable lead trust is for a donor who would like to give to the Institute but also wants to pass assets on to family members. The Institute receives income interest for a period of years or for a period of someone’s lifetime, after that time the trust reverts to the donor or the donor’s beneficiaries.