Securities Gifts

Gifting appreciated securities may qualify the donor for a charitable tax deduction for the full market value of the securities gifted, and may also allow the donor to avoid capital gains taxes (if the donor has owned the asset being gifted for at least one year). Securities gifts may be deducted at fair market value on the date of transfer to the Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF). Please contact MHF for delivery instructions prior to directing a gift; contacting your broker / financial advisor alone may not ensure timely credit. MHF encourages donors to contact an accountant, attorney and/or financial advisor to review personal circumstances prior to making a securities gift.

Bequests & Beneficiary Assignments

Include the Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) as a beneficiary of your will or revocable living trust with a charitable bequest. Bequests enable the donor to benefit MHF in ways that may not be possible during his/her lifetime. Additionally, making a bequest may enable an estate tax deduction. Bequests can be made for a designated sum of money (or other asset with prior MHF approval), or in residuary, which designates the remainder or a portion of the donor's estate. Donors may also give by naming MHF as the beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy. MHF encourages donors to contact an accountant, attorney and/or financial advisor to review personal circumstances prior to making a bequest or beneficiary assignment.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

Consider making a charitable gift to the Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) using an IRA qualified charitable distribution (QCD). QCDs are an excellent way to show support for MHF and potentially receive tax benefits in return. Donors with a traditional IRA must take a required minimum distribution (RMD) beginning at age 72. Traditional IRAs are tax-deferred; however, IRA owners pay federal income tax on the required minimum distribution taken. Donors may be able to avoid taxes resulting from an RMD by donating up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charity, such as MHF. Qualifying distributions must be made by your IRA administrator directly to MHF from a traditional IRA account. Charitable contributions are also limited to no more than 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI) during each tax year. MHF encourages donors to contact an accountant, attorney and/or financial advisor to review personal circumstances prior to making an IRA QCD.