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Planned Giving

About Bequests

You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

An IRA rollover allows people age 70 1/2 and older to reduce their taxable income by making a gift directly from their IRA.

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Beneficiary Designations

A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support our cause. You can designate our organization as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a great way you can make a gift to our organization and benefit. You transfer your cash or property to our organization and we promise to make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age.

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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others. Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning.

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Gift Options

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Find out What to Give and learn about the best assets to make a planned gift. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property. Learn How to Give and discover gift options that provide tax and income benefits. Discover the best planned gift to meet your goals.

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Thursday December 12, 2019

Washington News

Washington Hotline

Passwords Can Protect Data From Identity Thieves

In IR-2019-196, the Service offered nine tips for password protection. With the growth of online shopping, millions of Americans are potentially exposed to online fraudsters. The first line of defense against online attacks is creating strong passwords.

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig noted, “Taking a few simple steps to protect your passwords can help protect your money and your sensitive financial information from identity thieves, which is critically important as tax season approaches. Protecting your information makes it harder for an identity thief to file a fraudulent tax return in your name.”

Cybersecurity experts continually update the strategies for passwords. Previously, they suggested complex passwords that were different for every online account. Because most individuals have accounts for financial services, social media, online shopping and other purposes, the number of complex passwords is too great.

As a result, security experts now recommend longer phrases such as “SomethingYouCanRemember@30!”. These nine IRS tips help you protect your online accounts.
  • Password Length – Passwords should be eight or more characters long.
  • Combination – Use upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols in your password.
  • Personal Information – Do not use your city, street or other personal information in a password. This information is widely available to identity thieves.
  • Default Password – Do not use “password” for your password. Change all default passwords.
  • Reuse of Passwords – Do not use the same or similar passwords on accounts. For example, avoid Begood!17, Begood!18 and Begood!19 as your passwords.
  • Email Address – Do not use your email address in a password. This email address is easily known by fraudsters.
  • Security – If you have a written list of passwords, store it in a safe or locked file cabinet.
  • Disclosure – Never give out passwords over the internet. Be on guard if an email sender claims to be from your bank, the IRS or your employer.
  • Password Manager – Consider using an encrypted password manager program. Do a search to find password programs for smartphones or tablets. The best password programs typically have 256-bit encryption.

Published December 6, 2019
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