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Make a Gift

Large or small, every gift matters. There are many different ways that you can give to Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation.

You can give an outright gift now or defer a gift and leave a legacy through a planned or life income gift.

Ways to Give

Outright Gifts

Donate Online

While we work to enhance this Web site, eventually adding online gift acceptance features, at this time we sincerely encourage those persons interested in contributing to the Foundation to view the other links and contact us directly.

Check

Make your check payable to Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation and mail to:

Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation
180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Match Your Gift

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Double or triple the value of your gift! Did you know that many corporations match financial contributions when their employees, retirees, and board members give to their favorite nonprofit organizations? By participating in these matching gift programs, donors to Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation can double, and even triple, their contributions.

Most companies with a matching gift program will have guidelines and forms or logins to be followed. Typically, there is a human relations or charitable giving department that works with employees in preparing the proper documentation. Donors often can include retired employees, spouses, or widowed employees as well as currently employed personnel.

To confirm that your company will match your gift, please contact your company's Human Resources department or charitable giving department. Feel free to contact the Foundation office if we can be of assistance.

In-Kind Gifts

When an individual, business, or organization indicates an interest in donating a gift-in-kind to the College, the Foundation should be notified. If necessary, the Foundation will consult with College faculty and staff to determine if there is a need for the proposed gift.

Neither the College nor the Foundation shall appraise a gift. Values placed on contributions and appraisals offered in support of such values for tax purposes shall be the responsibility of the donor. In order to be deductible, the in-kind donation must be made to Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation with full control and discretion over the disposition or use of the donation.

Tristan Duncan

Tristan Duncan, a Blue Ridge Community College Automotive Systems Technology student and SkillsUSA North Carolina state champion, recently competed in the SkillsUSA National Conference against other state champions from top-level technical schools and colleges.

He finished 31st in the nation.

In addition, Tristan won a scholarship from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. Mike Rowe, of the TV show "Dirty Jobs," was there to present at the scholarship dinner. Tristan was the only student from North Carolina to win a scholarship from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. He represented Blue Ridge Community College and the state of North Carolina very professionally--and we are proud of his accomplishments. Tristan started an internship with Apple Tree Honda this summer.

As Blue Ridge Community College strives to meet the higher education needs of our community, the demands  to make sure our students are given the best education possible with real life teaching tools is growing, and so is our need for donations and support to acquire such items.

We are very grateful to our generous donors who, over the years, have donated automobiles, books, audio-visual equipment, and other useful educational tools to Blue Ridge Community College.

Tributes and Memorials

Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation accepts donations made to honor an event or an individual. A gift may honor a wedding anniversary, birthday, religious celebration, or other occasion. This is a loving tribute to the honoree. A memorial gift is an enduring remembrance of love for the family of the deceased.

The Foundation sends a thank you card to the donor and a card to the honoree or family member regarding the gift. The amount contributed is kept confidential. You may mail your check to the Foundation office with details, or call us for more information.

Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

Notify us of your plan to donate securities.

Planned and Life Income Gifts...Leaving a Legacy

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Planned and Life Income Gifts
You specify a gift in your will or revocable trust to be effective upon your death.

Benefits to Donors
You retain control over the property during your lifetime.

Gifts may be defined as a specific dollar amount, as a specific asset, or as all or a portion of your residuary estate.

An estate tax deduction is permitted for the gift.

Benefits to Foundation
Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation receives the gift upon your death.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Planned and Life Income Gifts
You create an irrevocable trust during your lifetime, or upon your death, and transfer assets to the trust.

You may designate one or more income beneficiaries (including yourself) to receive a fixed dollar amount (annuity) or a fixed percentage of the trust assets (unitrust) each year in annual or more frequent installments.

The annuity or unitrust may be paid for a period of years or for the lifetimes of the income beneficiaries. Following the death of the income beneficiaries or the expiration of the term of years, the remaining trust assets pass to BRCC Educational Foundation.   

Benefits to Donors
You may provide an income stream for yourself or your family members for life or a period of years.

If you create the trust during your lifetime, you may claim an income tax deduction in the year the trust is created for a portion of the gift.

The trust is tax-exempt, so all proceeds from the sale of the assets contributed to the trust may be invested without reduction for capital gains taxes.

Annuity or unitrust payments received by the income beneficiaries are generally taxable as a blend of ordinary income, qualified dividends, and capital gains, depending on the character of the income earned by the trust.   

Benefits to Foundation
BRCC Educational Foundation receives the remaining trust assets upon the death of the income beneficiary or the expiration of the term of years.

Retirement Plans (Gifts at Death)

Planned and Life Income Gifts
You designate BRCC Educational Foundation as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your IRA or other qualified retirement plan.

Benefits to Donors
You control the IRA until your death and may revoke the beneficiary designation at any time.

The portion of your IRA passing to Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation qualifies for an estate tax charitable deduction.

Benefits to Foundation
Upon your death, BRCC Educational Foundation receives the designated portion of the IRA free of estate and income taxes.

Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs

Planned and Life Income Gifts
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, extended a provision that allows certain IRA account owners to donate their IRA withdrawals to charity during the 2013 tax year. Qualifying distributions may be made by individuals age 70 ½ and older in amounts of up to $100,000 per year and must be paid directly to a qualified charity from the IRA. IRA owners are required to begin withdrawals from their IRAs after age 70 ½, and must generally pay income tax on the amount withdrawn. However, this provision of the law allows the IRA owner to instead redirect the required distribution, up to $100,000, to a charity, without paying income taxes on the withdrawal.

Benefits to Donors
Transferring an IRA distribution to a BRCC Educational Foundation allows a donor to avoid paying income tax on the amount withdrawn, and these qualified charitable distributions can be used to satisfy the donor’s IRA required minimum distributions.

Benefits to Foundation
The BRCC Educational Foundation receives the distribution free of income taxes.

Charitable Lead Trust

Planned and Life Income Gifts
You create an irrevocable trust during your lifetime, or upon your death, and transfer assets to the trust. You may designate BRCC Educational Foundation to receive a fixed dollar amount (annuity) or a fixed percentage of the trust assets (unitrust) each year in annual or more frequent installments.

The annuity or unitrust may be paid for a period of years or for the lifetime of an individual (the “charitable term”). Following the expiration of the charitable term, the remaining trust assets pass to your family members or to other named beneficiaries.

Benefits to Donors
The trust may be structured so that the trust assets revert to you or your estate after the charitable term.  This would allow you to receive an income tax deduction for the value of the charitable interest in the year the trust is created, even though the payments to BRCC Educational Foundation are spread over a number of years.

The trust may be structured so that the trust assets pass to your children, grandchildren, or other family members after the charitable term.  In this case, in the year the trust is created you would receive an estate or gift tax deduction (but no income tax deduction) for the value of the charitable interest, which would reduce the value of the remainder interest passing to family members for estate and gift tax purposes.

With careful drafting, the trust may be structured to give you both an income tax and an estate/gift tax deduction in the year the trust is created.

Benefits to Foundation
BRCC Educational Foundation receives the benefit of the annuity or unitrust payment during the charitable term.

Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation
180 West Campus Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Phone:(828) 694-1710
Fax: (828) 694-1690

Email: brccef@blueridge.edu