Impact of Your Donation
Farmers rely on MOSES for educational events, programs, publications, and expert advice about organic farming practices and certification standards. When you make a donation to MOSES, you give farmers the tools to succeed in a sustainable system of agriculture—one that protects the planet while producing healthful food.
Your generous support makes it possible for MOSES to:
- Provide the free Organic Answer Line so farmers can get answers to questions about farming and certification issues;
- Publish the popular Organic Broadcaster newspaper and distribute it free to more than 12,000 readers;
- Organize on-farm field days to showcase best production practices on thriving organic farms;
- Maintain the Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory to help farmers find suppliers, buyers, processors, agencies and more;
- Manage the Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program to boost new farmers’ skills and understanding of organic practices;
- Give farmers a voice at the national policy level:
- Continue to expand content on our website, which receives more than 35,000 views a month from folks seeking information about organic and sustainable farming practices;
- And, many more services that only MOSES provides.
Thoughtful Options for Giving
- Gifts of Cash
- Monthly Sustainers
- Matching Gifts
- Wills/Bequests — Leaving a Legacy
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Funds
- Stock or Appreciated Securities
- Lead Trusts
Businesses give 1% of profits directly to sustainability-oriented nonprofit(s) of their choosing. 1% for the Planet vets each nonprofit. Check out the 1% MOSES page.
What Donors Want to Know:
We are rated with two of the top national charity rating services. See our Guide Star report.
MOSES has a 4-star rating (the highest) with Charity Navigator. Learn more.
Gifts of Cash
The simplest way of contributing, and most beneficial, is to make an outright gift of cash.
- Honor a friend or family member’s birthday, anniversary or special event.
- Donate to support scholarships to the Organic Farming Conference.
- Create a memorial to recognize someone who has passed away.
- Clean out your coin jar.
If you would like to give an even amount to MOSES on a recurring basis, just hit the “donate now” button at the right side of this page and select the amount that works best for your budget. You can choose to donate every month or quarter. Monthly sustainers are particularly helpful to our efforts to keep MOSES activities ongoing and within our budget.
As one donor said about becoming a monthly sustainer: “I figure I can pack my lunch once or twice a month instead of eating out and THEN use the difference to support the growth of organic agriculture through MOSES’ work (and, hey, I suspect my lunch is a whole lot healthier that way).”
A bequest from a will or a trust distribution to MOSES ensures a lasting organic and sustainable farming legacy. Different types of bequests include:
You can name MOSES as the direct beneficiary of an explicit dollar amount, percentage of your estate or a particular piece of property.
You can choose to give MOSES all or a portion of your estate after all debts, taxes, expenses and gifts to your other beneficiaries (family and friends) have been satisfied.
In anticipation of an unexpected occurrence, or if there should be certain other specific conditions that apply, a contingent bequest will ensure that an estate will pass to MOSES if your named individual beneficiaries do not survive you.
All donations are fully deductible for federal estate tax purposes, and there is no limit on the deduction your estate can claim. In addition, the gift is usually exempt from state inheritance taxes. For sample bequest language, please open our Leaving a Legacy form.
What if I’ve already written my will or trust?
You can amend a will or trust to make a gift without rewriting the entire document. Your attorney can prepare a simple document, called a codicil, which adds a new bequest to MOSES while reaffirming the other terms of your will. Similarly, an attorney can prepare an amendment to a revocable trust to add MOSES as a beneficiary.
Please consider designating MOSES as a beneficiary on a life insurance plan. Perhaps your circumstances have changed and you no longer need as much insurance as you once did. Gifting an old or new policy to MOSES may create no burden to you, maintains your freedom to change your designation at any time, and might prove very helpful to our small organization in the future.
Some of the benefits include:
- You can make a large gift with little expenditure.
- Income tax deduction.
- No estate tax when life insurance proceeds are paid to MOSES.
Contact your life insurance agent to request a “change of beneficiary” form.
Make a donation by naming MOSES as the beneficiary to receive the remainder of your retirement plan. If the retirement plan assets pass directly from the plan to MOSES, both income and estate taxes are avoided. As always, it is wise to consult your financial planning professional about options for giving.
Gifts of Stock or Appreciated Securities
Giving long-term securities provides two income tax benefits: no tax is imposed on the appreciated portion of the gift (the capital gains), and the donor will receive a charitable deduction based on the stock’s fair market value. Because the donor can avoid the capital gains tax, it is usually more advantageous to contribute the appreciated securities directly to MOSES rather than selling the securities and giving the proceeds of the sale.
Click here to learn more about your donation of stock and how it can benefit you and MOSES. If you plan to donate stock, please print off our Stock Donation form so we can honor you for your good intentions. Please note that stocks that are not publicly traded require special planning and a qualified appraisal.
Ask Your Employer to Match Your Gift
Over 10,000 businesses in the US honor the charitable choices of their employees and make a dollar-for-dollar matching gift to those organizations. Some of the corporations with this type of program are listed here. Please check with your employer or the Human Resources department where you work to see if you have access to a Matching Gifts program.
A donor can make a gift by placing assets in a trust that designates that an amount of trust income be paid to MOSES for a term of years. Once the trust terminates, the principal can revert back to the donor or his beneficiaries, typically children or grandchildren. The charitable lead trust offers savings on gift and estate taxes. Please talk to your financial advisor for more information.
If you have questions about any of the options of giving, please contact Faye.