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Gift and Estate Planning

Make a plan to support Kiddo!'s future

For more than 30 years Kiddo! has been committed to helping students reach their full potential by providing arts programs in the Mill Valley School District. Your gifts make our work possible and we hope you will help us plan for a bright future. A planned gift to the Kiddo! Endowment for the Arts is a unique way for you to support the future work of Kiddo! during your lifetime and beyond. These gifts require a little bit of planning but provide an opportunity to ensure essential arts programs for the children of Mill Valley in perpetuity.

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Giving Amount

$25,000 to $99,999

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Over 1,000 individuals have supported the Kiddo! Endowment Fund, with donations large and small. Read their stories here.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Kiddo! (Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation) 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

Bequest Language

Share the sample bequest language for Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, with your estate planning attorney:

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, Kiddo! Endowment for the Arts [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for this designated use and purpose."

If you have any questions and/or for the names of attorneys who will provide a pro bono codicil updating an existing will to include the Kiddo! Endowment for the Arts, please contact us.

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 Kiddo! 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 Kiddo! 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 Kiddo! 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 Kiddo! where you agree to make a gift to Kiddo! 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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