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Popular tax-smart gifts

Many people are increasingly choosing to give non-cash assets, so they can have a bigger impact at less cost to them.

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Learn about gifts that maximize the impact of your support while providing tax benefits for you!

Stocks and securities

Many people love donating stock or mutual funds because it may help them avoid paying capital gains taxes.

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Donor Advised Funds

Easily recommend grants to Maranatha Volunteers International for tax-efficient giving.

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Donate Bitcoin, Ethereum, and more to save on taxes and make a big impact.

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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Use your IRA to make tax-free gifts that benefit you and our mission.

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Real Estate

Donate real estate to make a lasting impact, unlocking the hidden potential of your property’s value.

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Retained Life Estate

Secure your home’s future through a Retained Life Estate, ensuring support for us while residing in your property.

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Planned Giving Helps Build our Mission

Maranatha Volunteers International invites you to plan for your future while making a lasting effect on a mission that you care about. Planned giving gifts are essential to our ability to continue building churches and schools and drilling water wells. These gifts provide long-term support ensuring that we can continue this important ministry.

Allen West’s Story

Maranatha supporter, Allen, spends a lot of time thinking about water and those who have none.

“Not that I have any experience with having a lack of water myself,” he says. Allen lives in New Mexico, and though they have been in a drought, he can still turn on the tap and drink as much water as he wants.

“I’m very interested in providing water to kids and their families in undeveloped nations. It’s fundamental!” says Allen.

Allen’s life story didn’t intersect with the Seventh-day Adventist Church until about 10 years ago. It was about the same time that he heard about Maranatha. “I was galvanized to do something for the church, for the Seventh-day Adventist truth, and to save souls by putting roofs over the heads of believers in foreign countries,” he says. “It seemed important to their immortal lives.”

Today Allen has another passion. He wants to bring water to as many people as possible. “These kids walk three to four miles with empty fuel cans on their heads, with water that is essentially poison. It’s really hard to imagine.”

To fulfill his dream of helping those in need, Allen contacted the planned giving specialist at Maranatha. They created a Retained Life Estate plan that is a donation of his home, but it allows Allen to live in his home as long as he needs it.

Allen feels very satisfied knowing that his estate will help so many people. “I’ve been a very naughty boy much of my life,” he says mischievously. “I’m handing my home over, hoping the Lord looks upon it. I know He will build me a better one someday, in the countryside, with an apartment in New Jerusalem!”

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We’re here to help you meet your goals!

Our team would be happy to speak with you in confidence about your giving goals, with no obligation.

Name: Shawnda McCaleb

Title :Director of Advancement

Phone: 916-774-7700


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Gifts in a will or trust

Donations in your will or trust are (by far) the most popular type of planned gift. Learn more, or get help starting your will (for free!).

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Beneficiary designations

Gifting assets not covered by your will — like 401(k) or IRA accounts — may help your heirs avoid unwanted taxes, even if you’re below the estate tax threshold.

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Gifts that pay you back

Give assets while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time or distributions at a later date.

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