Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the three kinds of gifts I can give to Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation ?
Generally speaking, during your lifetime you can make an outright gift of cash, securities or other property (e.g., real estate, personal property).
2. What sort of assets can I use to make a gift?
Almost anything: cash, publicly traded securities, the balance in your retirement account. Other assets can be very valuable but are more complicated to administer and must be reviewed by us before we can accept them as gifts: real estate, closely held stock and artwork.
3. What tax deduction will I receive for my gift?
It depends on the form your gift takes:
4. Can Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation serve as the Executor of my estate?
No. State law, the limitations of our corporate powers, and our internal policies prevent us from taking such a role in your affairs.
5. I want to set up a life insurance policy, name PHLF as beneficiary, but retain ownership of the policy. Can I deduct the premium payments I make?
No. The IRS would not consider that a "completed gift" - they'd say that, as the owner of the policy, you could change the beneficiary designation to a friend or family member. PHLF must be made the irrevocable owner of the policy for gifts offsetting premium payments to be deductible.
6. Can I transfer my IRA to Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation to set up a life-income gift, and avoid income tax on the transfer?
Donors younger than 70½ can make a withdrawal from their IRA or other type of retirement plan, pay income tax on the withdrawal, and donate the proceeds to us. These gifts can be made outright or can fund a life-income gift and will generate a charitable deduction for the donor.
7. I'd like to donate a painting. Will you determine its value for my income tax deduction?
No, we can't. The IRS requires that donors of artwork and collectibles secure an independent appraisal of the items to establish fair market value. The appraisal has to be related to the gift and an insurance appraisal won't suffice. We can assist you on this point.
8. I'm interested in establishing a charitable gift annuity. What financial provisions do you make for the income payments to me and my husband?
Your charitable gift annuity will be treated as a general obligation of PHLF, backed by all its assets. Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is in full compliance with Pennsylvania provisions regarding non-profits' offering of gift annuities. We have an unbroken record in making timely payments to our annuitants, and that ongoing responsibility is a key element in our financial policies.
9. If I create a bequest or life-income gift, will PHLF continue to ask me for annual contributions?
We will, because the commitments address two different needs. Your planned gift is a significant addition to our long-term financial strength — our ability to meet the challenges and opportunities the future will bring. The obligations and expenses that we encounter today, however, are met through your annual gift. We are very grateful that you want PHLF to succeed both today and in the future.
Planned Giving Office