This November 27th, join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift, or the power of your voice in your local community.
Please help the Friends of the Fells reach our goal of raising $2000 so we can continue our work ensuring the Middlesex Fells remains someplace you can:
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Donations and bequests to the R.J. Weggel Fund for the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation will generate a growing source of income into the future to help sustain Friends of the Fells educational and stewardship programs serving the Fells for the benefit of all who visit the reservation.
The Fund is managed by the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), which currently administers approximately eighty million dollars in charitable funds on behalf of donors.
Tax-deductible contributions to the R.J. Weggel Fund can be made here. In the box for choice of fund, scroll until you see the R.J. Weggel Fund.
Visit our blog post announcing the creation of the R.J. Weggel Fund to find out more.
Gifts by Check
Simply make out your check to “Friends of the Fells” and mail it to us at: 235 West Foster Street, Melrose MA 02176. Your charitable gift is tax-deductible.
Gifts of Securities
Ask your financial advisor about the tax benefits of donating appreciated securities to the Friends of the Fells.
Many employers offer to match the charitable gifts of their employees. If your company has this policy, ask your benefits office for instructions. All donations are tax-deductible, the Friends of the Fells is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Gifts from your IRA
If you are age 70½ or older, you may make cash gifts totaling up to $100,000 a year from your traditional or Roth IRA to qualified charities without incurring income tax upon withdrawal. Please check with your accountant regarding current provisions.
Planned Giving Bequests
A bequest providing for the Friends of the Fells in your will is perhaps the simplest form of a planned gift. In most cases, the language can be brief and straightforward, such as:
I hereby give Friends of the Fells, a Massachusetts non-profit organization, a bequest of $_____ to be used for its general charitable purposes.
Please be sure to let us know about your decision, so your gift can be properly acknowledged.
You can also consider designating your bequest to benefit our Endowment Fund, established for the long term benefit of the Fells.
Qualified Pension Plans
Designating Friends of the Fells as the beneficiary to your IRA, Keogh, or other qualified pension plan can have significant tax benefits to you and your survivors. Assets in these plans accumulate without being taxed, but when they are distributed, substantial taxes can result. Designating a charity as the beneficiary, while leaving other types of assets to surviving family members, can maximize your ability to provide for both your family and the charity.
Life insurance can be used to maximize the power of the charitable gifts you can afford to make. It can also be a versatile wealth replacement tool for estate planning. For instance, if you name Friends of the Fells as the owner and the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, all premiums you pay will be tax-deductible gifts and, upon your death, the Trust will receive the full benefits of the policy. Additionally, the cash value of the policy, accumulating over time, can be accessed should the charity need it.
For more information about any of these options, you can email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 781.662.2340, or write to Friends of Middlesex Fells Reservation, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose MA, 02176.
The Fells and the Friends appreciate your help!
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