Don and Beth Ballard

Don and Beth BallardHouston engineers Beth and Don Ballard have consistently supported Feeding America in the fight against hunger for well over a decade and made the decision to include the organization as a beneficiary in their will.

"I believe in the mission of Feeding America. Food is one of people's basic, core necessities. You need food on a daily or weekly basis. I believe in the charity's ability to execute long term needs better than I could ever possibly do myself with my money," says Beth.

The couple site their strong sense of faith and their appreciation for Feeding America's 98 percent efficiency rating as reasons for choosing to support the charity's vision of a hunger-free America.

Don even spent time at a local food pantry, Brazosport Cares Food Pantry, in the Houston area. It was open two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays and they took food from the Houston Food Bank," he says. Beth and Don have volunteered at the Houston Food Bank, largest food bank in distribution to its network of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Both organizations are within the Feeding America network.

While they plan to leave funds behind for family, Beth and Don feel strongly about sharing what they have with others.

"We have everything in the world that we could ever want, how do you leave that for somebody else?" says Beth. "We got more than we deserve…we give some of it back now, but we will give a lot more back when we are done."

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Feeding America a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Feeding America, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601 , or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Feeding America or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Feeding America as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Feeding America as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Feeding America where you agree to make a gift to Feeding America and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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