Ways to Give
We depend on donor support to cover the operational costs of our education programs, strengthen our financial base, and provide matching funds for many of the grants currently in the pipeline. The Annual Fund is key to supporting our current unprecedented growth and will have a greater impact on the Laboratory than ever before. All gifts to Bigelow Laboratory make our important work possible, no matter the type.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a private, 501 (c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Gifts of Cash, Checks and Credit cards
The majority of gifts to Bigelow Laboratory are in the form of cash, usually by check, and are deductible for federal income tax purposes. You can give a cash gift in the following ways:
By Phone: (207) 315-2567, ext. 112
To obtain delivery instructions for making gifts of stock, please contact the Advancement Office at 207-315-2567, ext. 112 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our bank requires that we confirm stock gifts within 24 hours of delivery, so please call or email with the details of your donation.
Gifts of Personal Property
When you donate your valuable tangible personal property, such as a boat, vehicle, or real estate, you can receive a charitable deduction based on a fair appraisal and reduce or eliminate capital gains tax.
Boat donations: We work with Block Island Maritime Funding (www.blockislandmaritime.com) to arrange donations of boats and subsequent sale with proceeds going to Bigelow Laboratory’s Annual Fund, supporting operations, outreach, and education programs. Block Island Maritime Funding is a non-profit corporation that promotes Boat Donation Programs at a variety of organizations in New England. For more information please contact email@example.com or call 207-315-2567, ext. 112.
A Legacy Gift to Bigelow Laboratory enables you to make a substantial donation in your name that will endure forever and support the mission of ocean science research and discovery.
You can create a Legacy Gift by naming Bigelow Laboratory on the beneficiary form of a savings, checking, or pension account, or in a will. Your bequest can be made anonymously, or in memory of a loved one, or to pay special tribute to someone. Gifts can be cash, securities, or property. If your will is already written, your attorney can add a codicil.
Tax and Estate Laws
Bequests of cash, securities, real estate, or other property are deductible for federal estate tax purposes. Your bequest does not usually incur state inheritance or estate taxes. For substantial estates, a bequest will save the donor up to fifty-five cents on each tax dollar.
Laws governing bequests vary by state; it is important that you talk with your attorney or financial advisor when making estate plans. We can provide names of professionals who can help you make these important decisions.
Individuals who include Bigelow Laboratory in their estate plans will be enrolled in the Laboratory’s Legacy Society, and listed in a place of honor in the Laboratory’s new facility.
More detailed information about bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and pooled income funds can be obtained from Jennifer Cutshall, Director of Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 939-0988. We can provide names of professionals who can help you make these important plans. You can also learn more by downloading our planned giving brochure: Gift Planning for the Future.