How You Can Give
Your annual membership or one-time donation helps with annual operating needs such as program development and implementation, staff training, building and grounds upkeep, and other necessities. In-kind donations of equipment and supplies help reduce annual operating expenses. Artifact donations help WCI tell the story of the Wallace family in public programming and historical displays. Planned giving can continue the same level of a donor’s annual giving and provide long-term financial stability to The Wallace Centers of Iowa. More specific information about all of these kinds of gifts is below:
Annual MEMBERSHIPS or one-time DONATIONS can be at these levels or in any amount that you choose:
- Learner ($25)
- Grower ($50)
- Believer ($100)
- Thinker ($250)
- Innovator ($500)
- Dreamer ($1,000)
You can also give in remembrance of a loved one or in honor of someone special. Please be sure to include the honoree’s name for listing in our annual report.
All donors receive a monthly e-newsletter or quarterly newsletter, special event notices, and annual report recognition.
Examples of IN-KIND donations include porch furniture, a food processor, garden equipment, office supplies and a working freezer. ARTIFACTS relating to the Wallace family such as photos, books, or other memorabilia might be of interest. Please contact us with a description of the item to insure that your contribution is a good fit for our needs.
A PLANNED GIFT can continue the generosity that you’ve demonstrated throughout your life. WCI accepts unrestricted gifts and gifts for specific programs and purposes. Accepted gifts include cash, securities, real estate, bequests, life insurance beneficiary designations, and several other kinds.
Leverage Your Gift
Two WCI endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines accept planned gifts and annual contributions: The Wallace Centers of Iowa Endow Iowa Fund (eligible for a 25% Iowa tax credit). The Wallace Centers of Iowa Endowment Fund. Both funds are professionally managed and distribute a percentage for annual operations.
How It Works
One of the easiest ways to make a planned gift is through your will or trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these benefits:
Simplicity. Just a few sentences are all that is needed. Share the official bequest language below with your estate planning attorney.
Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific items or amount of money, make the gift contingent upon a certain event, or leave a percentage of your estate.
Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.
Official Bequest Language for Your Attorney
“I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise and bequeath to The Wallace Centers of Iowa [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”
Our Legal Name & Tax ID
The Wallace Centers of Iowa
756 16th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
Federal Tax ID: 42-1322071
If you have already included The Wallace Centers of Iowa in your estate plan or would like to discuss planned giving, please contact Ann Taylor, Vice President, Marketing and Resource Development at 515-243-7063 or email@example.com.
All inquiries are confidential and without any obligation. You should also consult your trusted professionals for legal, financial, insurance, or estate planning advice. WCI staff are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice