Ways to Give

We are committed to involving even more donors in our efforts to improve the health and well-being of Eastern Connecticut residents.

We are able to accept a wide variety of charitable gifts, from simple cash and credit card donations, to real estate, stocks and life insurance policies.
  • We stand ready to walk you through the choices and help identify the best options for you.
  • Your professional advisors can also help you determine which of your assets are best given to charity, as well as which fund type best meets your personal financial needs. Read more about Types of Funds

A list of the most common types of gifts we accept appears below. Clicking on the name of the gift type will provide you with a brief description. For the complete details on what we can accept, please see Our Gift Acceptance Policy

Cash Donations

We can accept cash gifts of any amount by cash, check, money order or credit card.

  • Donate online right now with a credit card
  • Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and mailed (or delivered in person) to our offices at 68 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.
  • If you mail your donation, be sure to specify the specific charitable fund you wish to support and let us know whether the gift is being made in honor or memory of someone, as we acknowledge those gifts in a compassionate way.

Stocks & Bonds

We can accept gifts of publicly traded stocks and bonds, including appreciated securities and closely held stocks.

  • Gifts of appreciated stocks qualify for an income tax deduction equivalent to current market value of the stocks (as determined by IRS rules and regulations).
  • The date for establishing the gift value of a stock is the day the shares enter our foundation’s account.
  • There is no capital gain tax when appreciated stocks are transferred.
  • Gifts of closely held stocks are subject to the review and approval of our Development Committee, and enjoy the same tax benefits as publicly traded stocks.
  • Gifts of publicly traded stocks held at a brokerage can be electronically transferred to us by your financial agent or bank using the DTC automated transfer system. Here is the information your agent will need to perform the transfer:
    • Our account name: The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
    • Our account number: F/F/C account #ABE-097888
    • Our contact: Fred Menis, State Street Global Markets, One Lincoln Street, Boston, MA 02111, 866-548-5595.
    • Our DTC Number: 0226 (National Financial Services, LLC)
    • Our Tax ID Number: 06-1080097
  • Stocks held in certificate form must be delivered to our offices.
  • If you mail your stocks to us, be sure to specify the specific charitable fund you wish to support and let us know whether the gift is being made in honor or memory of someone, as we acknowledge those gifts in a compassionate way.
  • To ensure proper receipt and acknowledgement of your gift of stock, please contact Alison Woods, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, at alison@cfect.org or 860-442-3572.

Bequests

One of the simplest ways to make a Planned Gift is by including a provision in your will called a bequest, which states that a specific share of your estate will be distributed to our foundation for the charitable fund or purpose that you name.

  • You can make an outright bequest, where you bequeath us a specific item, a specific dollar amount or a specific percentage of your estate.
  • You can make a residual bequest, where you bequeath the remainder of your estate to us, after providing for your family and other heirs.
  • You can make a contingency bequest, where you bequeath a gift under certain terms or conditions – for example, only if you outlive your spouse.
  • We recommend that donors consult with their professional advisors on bequests to determine which of your assets are best given to charity and which are best given to heirs; which provide the best tax advantages; as well as which type makes the most sense for your financial situation.
  • We recommend that donors keep the bequest language that describes your charitable intentions as general as possible and indicate that the specific details on your intentions are included in a Letter of Understanding kept on file with our foundation. That way, you can update the Letter of Understanding at any time, without incurring the expense of rewriting your Will.
  • Gifts of life insurance are subject to review and approval of our Development Committee.
  • Read more about Our Gift Acceptance Policy and how to Give Later: Leave a Legacy

Life Insurance Policies

We can accept gifts of existing or new life insurance policies, subject to the review and approval of our Development Committee.

  • Donors can deduct the premiums for their life insurance policy if they designate our foundation as the owner and beneficiary of the policy.
  • When the policy is redeemed, we will establish a permanent fund that reflects your charitable wishes.
  • Read more about Our Gift Acceptance Policy

Retirement Funds

At the end of 2015, the IRA charitable rollover was signed into permanent law. This is a huge opportunity for generous people like you to make a permanent investment in the charitable causes you love.

How does the IRA charitable rollover work?
If you or a family member are age 70 ½ or older, contributions made from your IRA to one or more permanent endowment funds at the Community Foundation (up to $100,000 per year) are not reported as taxable income. A contribution made from your IRA also qualifies as your required minimum distribution (RMD) which can lower your income and taxes. In years past, donors had to wait each year to find out if the IRS would permit these types of distributions. Now that this legislation is permanent, it means you can plan to use your RMD now.

What can you do with your RMD at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut?
Here are some examples of what you can accomplish by making your RMD to the Community Foundation.

  • Establish a permanent endowment fund to support your favorite charity forever. You could contribute $25,000 or more of your RMD to create a permanent endowment fund at the Community Foundation designated to permanently support your favorite charity or field of interest. These assets would be invested over time, and each year an annual distribution of four percent of the fund’s value would be made in your name to the named charity(ies).
  • Support emerging community needs. Each year, the Community Foundation receives over a hundred proposals from local charities for grants to support programs or projects that make our community better. You could contribute up to $100,000 of your RMD to support these grants. You can review some examples by looking at our grants stories and the list of the recent year’s grants. You can also indicate an area of focus, like the environment, homelessness or performing arts.
  • Help to sustain the work of the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is not only a grant making partner to the nonprofits, but is a thought partner and convener working to make Eastern Connecticut a more sustainable and thriving community. You could choose to contribute $25,000 or more of your RMD towards our Community Leadership Fund joining many other fund holders and donors who support the Community Foundation’s ongoing operations.

For more information about this giving opportunity, please contact Alison Woods, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, at alison@cfect.org or 860-442-3572. Read more about Our Gift Acceptance Policy

Sample IRA Rollover Letter

Real Estate

We can accept gifts of real estate that have a fair market value of $50,000 or more, subject to the review and approval of our Development Committee and Real Estate Committee.

  • Real estate gifts can be complex and of substantial value. For complete details of the policies and procedures that apply to the acceptance of real estate gifts, please see Appendix A of Our Gift Acceptance Policy

Personal Property

We can accepts gifts of certain personal property, subject to the review and approval of our Development Committee.

  • Personal property gifts can be complex and of substantial value. (Most such gifts are deductible only at cost basis.) For complete details of the policies and procedures that apply to the acceptance of gifts of personal property, please see Our Gift Acceptance Policy

Private Foundation Assets

Individuals or families who run a private foundation and wish to be freed from burdensome administrative, regulatory and tax requirements, and worries about doing justice to their charitable mission, can donate their foundation’s assets to us – yet retain all the essential prerogatives of their private foundation. Read more about How We Help Private Foundations

Contact

P: 860.442.3572
P: 1.877.442.3572 (toll free)
F: 860.442.0584 (fax)
Email Us

Location

68 Federal Street
New London, CT 06320
Directions

Email Updates