Ways to Give to Downstate

On this page we provide a list of various ways of giving, as well as a link to a gift calculator. To discuss your individual philanthropic goals and financial requirements, or to request information related to specific methods of giving, please call Downstate's Department of Development and Philanthropy at 718.270.6375.


Giving for the Future

For more information about Estate Planning, please read our Gift and Estate Planning Guide (PDF)


Giving Now

If you're planning on making a cash gift, you can do this immediately using your credit card and our Giving Online Page.

Charitable Remainder Trust

What are your plans for the future? While there is no single way to achieve all of your personal and financial goals, there is one strategy that can meet many of your needs. It's called a charitable remainder trust. In the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very important support.

Charitable Gift Annuity

The concept of the charitable gift annuity in America dates back to the 1870s, when a parishioner first donated a valuable asset to the church in exchange for a flow of income. Today, the concept includes valuable tax benefits for donors.


Leave your legacy by making a gift in your will to friends, family and charitable organizations. A bequest is one of the simplest ways to remember those you care about most.

Charitable Lead Trust

If your goal is to provide an inheritance for your children, but you would also like to make a significant charitable gift through your estate, find out how a charitable lead trust can help you satisfy both objectives. It's a charitable lead trust that can provide a significant charitable gift through your estate and provide an inheritance to your children.

Retained Life Estate

One of your valued possessions, your home, can become a valued gift to us even while you are still living in it, and even if you want your spouse or other survivor to live there for life. This arrangement is called a retained life estate.

Pooled Income Fund

When you contribute to the pooled income fund for our organization, you receive an income for the rest of your life, as well as a current income tax deduction. You make a meaningful gift to us - a gift that also gives back to you.

Wealth Replacement Trust

Perhaps you would like to make a sizable contribution to us now to help meet our current needs, but you don't want to reduce the estate you will pass to your family. The solution? Purchase life insurance.

Which Gift Matches Your Goals?

There is a gift for every objective. Find out which gift is right for you.