Strategies to maximize your impact on OMF's research in 2018

Ben H

OMF Correspondent
Hi guys,

Here is a message from Linda at OMF detailing ways that you are able to help support and keep pushing forward with the groundbreaking research that OMF helps fund. Please read and share away if you can! :

Remember, breakthroughs don't just happen, they build upon each other, each one getting us closer to the end of ME/CFS.

You have a unique opportunity to make it possible today.

Dear Friends,

From all of us at Open Medicine Foundation, thank you for your extraordinary commitment to ending ME/CFS and related chronic complex diseases. Our generous donors have helped us raise more than $15 million since 2012.

This outstanding accomplishment has allowed us to fund collaborative research centers at Stanford University and Harvard University, research at UC San Diego, San Jose State, Uppsala University and more. To fund these efforts and fund new research we need your continuing support.

Gifts, whether simple or more complex, allow you to create a lasting legacy benefitting interests that are most important to you. Many donors find that by exploring different types of gifts they are able to make a much larger impact than they would have ever imagined.

Although some US tax rules have changed, the tax law continues to provide strong tax incentives for charitable giving:
  • Stocks & Mutual Funds: Many appreciated assets and investments held for a year or more continue to be tax-advantaged gifts enabling you to give more. We encourage you to consider contributing appreciated assets such as publicly-traded shares (including stock, mutual funds, and ETFs), restricted shares, privately held shares, IRA withdrawals, or real estate to maximize your impact.
  • Estate Planning: Gifts from your estate may be deductible for both income and estate taxes. This may be accomplished by simply naming Open Medicine Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary to your will, Living Trust, your retirement plans or IRAs, or even your life insurance.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover: U.S. Taxpayers age 70½ and older are required to make annual distributions from their IRAs which are then included in the taxpayers' adjusted gross income (AGI) and subject to income taxes. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows taxpayers to make a charitable donation up to $100,000 per year from their IRA directly to a charitable organization without counting it as a part of their income, consequently saving taxes. To qualify, your charitable rollover withdrawal must be made payable to Open Medicine Foundation and mailed directly to us from your IRA holder.
  • Donor Advised Fund & Family Foundation: If you have a Donor Advised Fund or Family Foundation, we want you to know that Open Medicine Foundation is a qualified charity that is eligible to receive donations from those sources.
  • Bitcoin: If you are an investor in Bitcoin, we invite you to donate Bitcoin directly to OMF. We can accept donations in any amount. To make your Bitcoin donation, click here.
  • Holiday Shopping: As you start to shop for the holidays, please register and shop on Amazon Smile and IGive and a percentage of your holiday gift giving will be donated to OMF.
  • Bundling Giving: If you continue to itemize your deductions on your tax returns, you may wish to consult with your tax advisor to see if bundling multiple years of giving will provide you extra benefits. For those interested in beating the year-end rush, you may wish to speak to your tax advisor now to ensure you can make the impact you desire.
  • Employer Matching Gifts: Double the impact of your donations. Does your employer or your spouse's employer provide a matching gift to the personal donations you make? Contact your Human Resources department to inquire. If you need OMF to complete any forms, please email them to us before the end of the year to double your gift.
It is caring individuals like you that can help accelerate research to find a cure. Supporting OMF's research through your philanthropy is critical. Please explore these options and consult your financial advisor to find the best fit for you to maximize your impact.

Feel free to contact OMF if you have any questions.

In advance, thank you for your consideration and your ongoing support of our research program.

With hope for all,

Linda Tannenbaum
Founder & CEO/President

P.S. Learn more about other gift planning opportunities on our website.



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