Membership & Donate

MEMBERSHIPS:
Regular Annual Member – $25 or more per year
Life Member – a contribution of $1,000 or more in equal increments over five years
Corporate or Business Member – annual contribution of $150 or more per year
Corporate or Business Contributing Member – Minimum of $1,500 per year
This form is for making contributions of a specified amount. Please enter the amount on the form.

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Contribute to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation and get a “Tax Deduction”.

Here’s what you should know about the tax benefits of giving to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation. Be sure to consult your own tax adviser about your specific tax situation.

How Does the Income Tax Deduction for a Charitable Donation Work?
If you itemize deductions on your tax return, you may be able to take an income tax deduction for a gift to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The actual cost of your donation is therefore reduced through your savings on your taxes. For instance, if you are in the 33% tax bracket, you would save $33 on a donation of $100.

Give by writing a check:
Making a donation to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation by writing a check. See Donation Card.

Give IRA money:
If you do want to give IRA money to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation, you need to follow special rules so you don’t jeopardize the tax break. The money needs to go directly to the charity, but the IRA administrator can either make a direct transfer or can send you a check that you can deliver to the charity. The check must be made out to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation instead of to you.

Give stock:
Instead of donating cash, as a stock donation can greatly benefit both you and the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

If the stock has increased in value from the time of purchase, the owner can avoid paying the capital gains tax by donating the security to another party. When the security is being donated to a charitable organization, the total amount will still be eligible for a tax deduction. Since taxation is avoided on the stock donation, the giver will be able to make a larger donation.

For example, let’s say you were looking to make a $1,000 donation to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation. You could either give cash or donate stock. Let’s assume that the you bought stock for a original purchase price of $700, but it is now worth $1,128.55. To make it simple, let’s assume capital gains tax is 30% of the stock’s appreciation. Selling the shares for cash would net about $1,000 after capital gains tax (1,128.55 – (1,128.55 – 700)*0.30). In this case, you should be indifferent between donating the entire stock or giving cash, as both choices will cost you $1,000. However, the charity can receive more benefit from a stock donation, as they will receive a gift valued at $1,128.55, instead of the $1,000 in cash.

Stocks, bonds or any other securities can be transferred as gifts. Giving the gift of stock also has benefits for the giver. If the stock has appreciated in value, the holder can avoid paying the capital gains tax by giving it as a gift. There are two methods in transferring the ownership of a stock, which depend on how it is currently being held.

If the stock is being held in certificate form, then transferring the physical stock will be required. The owner must endorse the stock by signing it in presence of a guarantor, which can be their bank or broker. There may also be a form on the back of the certificate, which relate to the transferring of ownership. After the certificate is filled out and signed, it will be rendered non-negotiable and become transferable.
Often though, there will not be a physical copy of the stock, as many investors own the electronic version, which stored in a brokerage account. The next step is to contact the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation to obtain their brokerage account information in order to pass on the new account information, and order the electronic transfer to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation.

Give IRA money:
If you do want to give IRA money to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation, you need to follow special rules so you don’t jeopardize the tax break. The money needs to go directly to the charity, but the IRA administrator can either make a direct transfer or can send you a check that you can deliver to the charity. The check must be made out to the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation instead of to you.