We believe big changes happen one person at a time, and so TCE Fund provides resources for the door-to-door canvassing work in partnership with our sister organization, Texas Campaign for the Environment. Canvassing enables us to reach diverse communities across many areas of the state. Our supporters share a common concern for the environment and a respect for the individual who comes to their doorstep with an important public health issue. You can contribute when our canvassers visit your community or call you on the phone – and you can give online at any time, of course. Contributions to TCE Fund are 100% tax-deductible.
Want to take it to the next level? Read on to learn more about other ways to give, such as bequests, gifts of stock, and vehicle donations.
leave a legacy
We all want to leave behind a better planet for future generations, and one day, a Texas free from pollution. You can support this vision for years to come by including Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund in your estate plans. This not only leaves behind your legacy and commitment to a healthier environment, it also allows you to give beyond your current means and amplify your impact, and it may help you reduce your estate taxes.
A bequest is a gift made through a will or a living trust. It’s the most popular and easiest planned gift, and it costs nothing during your lifetime. A bequest can be included in a new will or added to an existing will or living trust through a simple amendment—often without the expense of hiring a lawyer. Click here to download our guide to making a bequest to TCE Fund!
give tax-free with an IRA
You can make a difference today and save on your taxes by supporting Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund through your IRA! This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover or qualified charitable distribution.
If you’re at least 70½ years old, you can give any amount up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as TCE Fund without having to pay income taxes on the money.
Beginning in the year you turn 73, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution. Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.
It’s simple and easy to make a gift through your IRA—all it takes is a letter to your IRA administrator asking them to make a direct payment to TCE Fund via check or wire transfer from your account. Click here to download a sample IRA qualified charitable distribution letter.
No matter your age, you can designate TCE Fund as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA and it will pass to us tax-free after your lifetime. All you need to do is contact your IRA administrator and ask for a change-of-beneficiary form. Click here to download our guide to making a gift through your IRA.
gifts of stock
You can also support TCE Fund by contributing stocks or securities. Your gift is equal to the fair market value of the stock, and you avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the current value over the original cost of the stock if you held them for more than one year. You may also save by not incurring brokerage fees because you are transferring ownership rather than selling the stock. As an added benefit, you may be entitled to a federal income tax charitable deduction based on the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transfer. You can make your gift of stocks as an outright gift or by placing a transfer on death (TOD) designation on your investment account. To learn more about gifts of stock, please contact our Administrative Director at 512-326-5658 or Vic(at)texasenvironment(dot)org.
vehicle donations and personal property
Do you have an old automobile you’re not using that’s just taking up space in your driveway or garage? Don’t send it to the junkyard – donate it to help us raise money. You’ll get a tax write-off. It doesn’t matter if it runs or what shape it’s in. (It doesn’t even have to be a car – we can take boats, motorcycles and RVs.) There’s free towing, so there’s no work for you. It’s as easy as filling out this online form and then watching us come and get it. You can also donate other forms of personal property, such as art, antiques, and collections. Learn more and make your donation here.