OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Consider Workplace Giving. Designate Portland Friends of the Dhamma as the recipient of your paycheck donations. This is a terrific way to give stable funds for PFoD.
Does your employer offer a Matching Gift program? Matching Gift programs are a type of corporate philanthropy in which companies financially match donations of their employees to nonprofit organizations. Typically after you make a donation, you request a matching gift from your employer, who then makes one of their own. Ask your employer if they will match your donations to Portland Friends of the Dhamma.
Support While You Shop
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Do you shop at Fred Meyer? You are now able to link your Rewards Card to Portland Friends of the Dhamma by following the link below. Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping that organization earn a donation from Fred Meyer. There is no charge to you and no reduction in your rewards, only an additional reward for PFoD. If you do not have a Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store. All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer.
Do you shop at Amazon.com? Amazon will donate 0.5% of your qualifying purchases to the charity of your choice when you participate in the Amazon Smile program.
Support Portland Friends of the Dhamma while you shop at Amazon. Simply click on this Amazon Smile link and you’ll be taken to an Amazon.com page where you can name Portland Friends of the Dhamma as your charity of choice for the Smile program.
When you shop at Amazon in the future, type smile.amazon.com in your web address bar (or bookmark it), and your purchases will automatically donate money to PFoD at no extra cost to you.
If you have investments such as stocks, mutual fund shares, or other securities, they may have increased in value over time. If you sell those investments to donate to charity, you will need to pay tax on the increase in value, and this will decrease the amount you can donate and perhaps the amount you can deduct on taxes. If you donate those assets to charity directly, you will not have to pay tax and you may have a tax deduction.
You may donate investments to Portland Friends of the Dhamma using a Donor Advised Fund (DAF).
- Create a DAF in 15 minutes with a charitable arm of a brokerage or organization (Table 1).
- Make an irrevocable donation of your investments to the fund and receive tax benefits in that tax year on the full amount and avoid paying any capital gains tax (Table 2).
- Choose how your fund will be invested so it will grow over time.
- When you are ready to give money, recommend a grant from your fund to PFoD. Your grant recommendation will be reviewed, and, because PFoD is a 501(c)(3), your fundÕs donation will be approved and sent within days.
- You can then set up automatic monthly recurring grants. The money remaining in your fund remains invested. You may continue to donate investments to the fund over time to make more grants.
Since the Buddha’s time, each generation has passed his teachings on to the next one — an unbroken chain that includes Portland Friends of the Dhamma. You can join this chain of generous support when you plan a gift through your estate. It’s easier to do than you might think. There are two common approaches:
- Name PFOD in your will or living trust. This is the most common and flexible way to plan an estate. We can provide some sample language that may help you and your attorney address your goals.
- Make PFOD a beneficiary of your IRA or retirement plan, life insurance, brokerage or bank account. A beneficiary receives assets upon the death of the account holder. Contact your plan administrator to request a “change of beneficiary” form.
Ancient monasteries have inscriptions illustrating the generosity and compassion of their donors. As we pass on from this life, we can join these ancient donors, leaving an enduring gift for future generations. We appreciate that you are considering such a gift to PFoD. You can learn more by downloading our Planned Giving Packet, or contacting us using the form below.
You can restrict your gift to a particular purpose. If you want to restrict your gift, it is important to consult with PFoD to ensure that your proposed restriction can be honored.