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For the charitably inclined, certain types of gifts can provide solutions to taxing problems:
If you would like to make a substantial gift to charity but you do not have the current disposable income or assets to do so now, consider a charitable bequest.
Cash, checks, and credit cards
A gift of cash is easy to make, and the gift is not subject to gift or estate taxation. A contribution that you postmark in December is deductible for that tax year—even if Disabled American Veterans receives it in January—provided the account against which the check was written had sufficient funds to cover it in December.
Charitable gift annuity
In exchange for your gift, Disabled American Veterans will provide payments for life to you or a beneficiary you designate.
Deferred-payment charitable gift annuity
If you are making the maximum annual contribution to your retirement account but are unsure whether there will be enough income when you retire, consider establishing a deferred-payment charitable gift annuity with Disabled American Veterans.
Charitable remainder unitrust
Provides for annual payments to the designated beneficiary(ies) of a specified percentage—at least 5% of the value of the trust as it is valued each year. Since the value may vary year to year, the payments may also vary.
Charitable remainder annuity trust
Provides for payment of a fixed-dollar amount—annually or at more frequent intervals—to the designated beneficiary(ies). The amount must equal at least 5% of the initial fair-market value of the trust.
Gifts of retirement plans at death
Retirement-plan benefits left to heirs are often more highly taxed than other assets. Consider giving them to Disabled American Veterans instead to make a meaningful gift and leave other assets to heirs.