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"Charity is a law, because our conscience is not satisfied nor at ease if we have not relieved the suffering, the distressed, and the destitute."

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Giving to the Order
There are many ways to give and support the Order. Below you can find numerous methods of contributing. For more information you may email info@co-masonry.org or call (303) 681-2028

Your contribution is processed by The American Federation of Human Rights. 100% of your tax-deductible gift will go directly to the program(s) that you designate with your contribution. The thank you letter we send you has the information needed to receive your charitable deduction.

Contributions can be sent to:

The American Federation of Human Rights Attn: Office of the Treasury
P.O. Box 70 Larkspur, CO 80118

Wills and Bequests
The Honorable Order of American Co-Masonry receives bequests from those who believe in its mission and wish to have the Order benefit from their estates. Your will might state that the Order is to receive:

  • a percentage of your estate or specific securities, real estate, or other property;
  • a bequest of all of or a portion of your estate after the payment of specific amounts to other beneficiaries;
  • or a bequest to take effect only if the primary beneficiaries do not survive you.

Sample bequest language: 'I give, devise, and bequeath to The American Federation of Human rights, a nonprofit corporation located in Larkspur, Colorado, the sum of $_____ (or ___ percent of my estate; or the property described herein) for its general purposes as such shall be determined by its Board of Trustees.'

Residuary bequest language: "All the rest, residue, and remainder of my property, both real and personal, and whosesoever situated, I give, devise, and bequeath to The American Federation of Human Rights, a nonprofit corporation located in Larkspur, Colorado, for its general purposes as such shall be determined by its Board of Trustees.'

Charitable Gift Annuities
A "The American Federation of Human Rights" gift annuity allows you to make a meaningful gift to the Press while perhaps increasing your income for life. There are immediate and long-term tax advantages, including a federal income tax deduction in the year you make the gift.

Year-end gifts of appreciated stock to the Society are a terrific way to maximize your benefits while minimizing capital gains taxes. Current annuity rates begin at 6.7 percent at age 65.

Gifts of Stocks or Bonds
Gifts of stock have become increasingly popular as people enjoy significant gains on their investments. The American Federation of Human Rights welcomes gifts of appreciated securities for scholarships or any of its academic programs. If you are planning to create a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust, or give to the Pooled Income Fund, consider funding your gift with appreciated assets rather than cash.

Giving assets directly, instead of selling the asset and donating the proceeds, offers wonderful savings to the donor. Donating appreciated assets avoids capital gains taxes at the time you establish the trust, while the charitable deduction for the donated interest is calculated from the full market value of the stock.

You may arrange with your broker to transfer gifts of stock to the The American Federation of Human Rights through your charitable trust, annuity or pooled income fund.

Retirement Plan Gifts
Using a retirement plan to fund a gift to The American Federation of Human Rights can often be a wise financial decision.

Retirement plan funds -- individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, Keogh plans, and others -- are subject to federal, and sometimes state, estate tax. They are also subject to income tax, whether the recipient of the fund is you or an heir. Careful planning can minimize, or even eliminate, the taxes due on retirement plan assets during life and at death.

Life Insurance Gifts
The contribution of a life insurance policy, whether existing or a new one, provides useful tax incentives as well as the opportunity to create a substantial gift, perhaps at a level that otherwise would be impossible.

Two ways to make the Press a beneficiary of your life insurance policy:

Name the The American Federation of Human Rights as primary beneficiary to receive part or all of a policy. Name the The American Federation of Human Rights as secondary beneficiary to receive part or all of a policy should the primary beneficiary predecease you.

Gifts of Real Estate
Several ways to give real estate are available. One popular option is "retained life interest." In this case, the donor deeds his or her home to The American Federation of Human Right, but retains responsibility for the property, and the right to live there for the rest of his or her life. Your tax advisor will calculate the value of the remainder interest in the property, which can be used for an immediate income tax deduction. In addition, no capital gains tax is paid on the appreciated value.

A charitable lead trust of real estate that yields income gives the donor the chance to leave property to heirs with a reduced transfer tax cost by allowing The American Federation of Human Rights to use the income for a period of years. The property is transferred into an irrevocable trust, with The American Federation of Human Rights receiving the income from the trust.

Charitable-Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust provides lifetime income to you or others before the Press benefits from the remainder interest.

Under this plan you are also eligible for an immediate income tax charitable deduction, and no capital gains tax need be paid if appreciated securities or other property (such as real estate) is transferred to the trust. Typically, creation of such a trust results in an increase in the donor's disposable income.



What is the goal of a Freemason?

"I swear before you; I swear on the God of my parents; I swear on them; I swear on my honor and I swear on my country that I shall not give rest to my arm nor respite to my soul until I have broken the chains that oppress us."

- Bro. Simon Bolivar

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