Frequently Asked Questions

Here are several of the most frequently asked questions about giving to the IMHF or the Home. Have another question not covered here?  Please contact us. We welcome your questions and are happy to help!

About IMHF

What is the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation (IMHF)?

A not-for-profit corporation founded in 1936 to solely provide financial assistance in support of The Indiana Masonic Home.

What is the responsibility of the IMHF?

To provide maximum support for The Indiana Masonic Home by directing growth activities and investment policy of its endowment fund.

What are some facts about the IMHF?

The Indiana Masonic Home Foundation…

  • Was founded in 1936 solely to provide financial assistance for the Indiana Masonic Home.
  • Is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation separate from the Indiana Masonic Home.
  • Has an endowment fund that provides a targeted distribution directly to the Indiana Masonic Home.
  • Has provided the Indiana Masonic Home with over $30,000,000 since 1980.
  • Accepts both cash gifts and deferred gifts.
  • Has a Gold Card Sponsorship Program for donations of $100+.
  • Accepts donations that are tax deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income.
  • Is honored if we are designated as a beneficiary in your will.
  • Can also be named as a beneficiary to an insurance policy.
  • Has contributor clubs at levels of $500, $1000, $2,500 & $5,000+.
  • Has several life income plans, e.g., Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts.
  • Accepts gives of Real Estate and Marketable Securities.
  • Representatives can visit your home to discuss various forms of giving.
  • Programs are presented regularly at local lodges.

About Giving to IMHF

Why should I make a gift to the IMHF?

For a number of reasons:

  1. Not only are you performing a Masonic duty in providing for the relief of worthy, distressed Master Masons and their families, you are assisting in maintaining a tradition of care, concern and compassion which has existed in Franklin for nearly 90 years and has served more than 7,000 adult residents and presently has over 480 residents.
  1. Including charitable giving in your estate or other financial planning may provide significant tax benefits, potentially greatly reducing your tax liability to the government and still enabling you to provide for family and friends as well as your charitable interests.
Is my cash gift to the IMHF tax deductible?

Yes, if you itemize deductions – to a limited extent if you do not.

May I restrict a gift to a particular program or purpose?

Yes, you may by specifying it for the program/purpose of your choice via a notation in the memo field of the check or in an accompanying letter. The Foundation has a form available upon request to assist donors in directing their gifts to a specific destination. As indicated above, a number of programs are available for your participation or support.

Gifts arriving without any specific target program or restriction are directed to an endowment fund.

What is meant by an “endowment” fund?

Gifts given to the Foundation are invested in our Trust account. Funds given to the Home from the Trust account come only from the interest or income derived from the principal. Therefore the gifts are never spent.

About Giving Methods

Can I donate with a credit card?

The Foundation is happy to accept MasterCard and Visa donations.

How may I make a gift to the IMHF?

Gifts may be made directly to the Foundation in several ways. Outright gifts may be made by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). An outright gift of appreciated stock or other assets is also possible, potentially saving the donor capital gains taxes and possibly offering other tax advantages. As indicated above, a number of attractive charitable giving vehicles, which also offer tax advantages, are available to provide a “planned gift” at a later date. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Gifts via check may also be made through your lodge Secretary.

What are the charitable giving vehicles?

Probably the best known is the simple bequest provided in a will, which conveys a specific item, amount or percentage of an estate to the Foundation.

Others include:

  • Charitable Gift Annuities;
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts; and
  • Charitable Lead Trusts.

Gifts of life insurance, retirement plans and other assets may also be made.

Each of these plans offers specific tax benefits which may vary with the donor’s circumstances; several offer an income stream to the donor and/or another individual. All of these “planned gifts” should be made with the assistance of the donor’s financial and or legal advisor(s). The Foundation staff is pleased to provide additional information about any or all of these vehicles and stands ready to be of assistance in the planning of such gifts.

Can I give and still get income from my investments?

There are plans available, which provide income for life, such as Charitable Gift Annuities, Pooled Income Funds and Charitable Remainder Trusts.

About Deferred Giving

How do I make out a charitable bequest to the IMHF?

You may set up a specific bequest based on an amount or a percentage, or you may make a residuary bequest providing the Foundation with a residue of your estate after other bequests have been fulfilled.

Can I name IMHF as beneficiary of my life insurance?

Certainly. The cast value of an existing policy and all future premiums qualify as charitable deductions.

How do I name the IMHF correctly in my/our will(s)?

The correct designation is The Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, Inc., 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

About Gifts of Stock

Can I contribute stock that has depreciated in value?

It would be more tax advantageous to sell the depreciated stock, thereby establishing a capital loss, and then contribute the cash proceeds to us.

Can I contribute stock in a closely held corporation?

Yes and there can be significant tax advantages for making such a gift. We will assist you in the proper procedures to follow.

How can I deliver a gift of stock to you?

There are three commonly used methods:

  1. By Hand: When you deliver stock by hand, you can either endorse the back of the stock certificate (s) in our presence or sign a separate stock assignment form, which is often called a stock power. If you cannot or do not wish to deliver the stock to use by hand at our offices, we may be able to arrange a meeting with you at your home.
  1. By Mail: If you are delivering stock by mail, we recommend that you send the stock certificate (s) and the signed stock power (s) in separate envelopes. We further recommend that the stock certificate (s) be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. Please enclose a cover letter providing your name, address, and telephone number along with any designated purpose for which the gift is being made. We will need a separate stock power form for each certificate of stock; be sure to sign the stock powers (s) exactly as the name reads on the stock certificate. Do not fill in our name on the stock power. Stock power forms are available from us or from your banker or broker.
  1. Through a Broker: If you are delivering stock to use through a broker, instruct your broker to hold the stock for our account; do not instruct your broker to sell the stock, either in your name or in our name. Your broker should immediately give us a call for further instructions. If you have a questions about any of these three methods, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
What date controls for valuing a gift of stock?

It depends upon the method of delivery.

  1. If the stock is delivered by hand, the date of physical delivery to us controls.
  1. If the stock is mailed, the postmark date controls, assuming the stock certificate (s) and stock power (s) are received in due course.
  1. If the stock is delivered through a broker, the date the broker transfers the stock into an account in our name is generally the date that controls.
What is the charitable contribution amount for stock gifts?

For stock regularly traded on a stock exchange, the charitable deduction is determined by using the average between the high and the low price on the date of the gift. For over-the-counter stock, use the average between the closing bid and asked prices on the date of the gift.

How may I utilize charitable deductions for stock gifts?

Charitable deductions for gifts of stock and other appreciated property may be utilized up to 30% of your adjusted gross income in the year of the gift. If you make a sizeable gift, you may have to carry over part of your deduction to succeeding years. To the extent necessary, you can use your adjusted gross income for the year is $100,000, up 10 $30,000 of long-term appreciated stock given to charitable institutions and organizations is deductible this year; any amount over $30,000 may be carried forward for up to five additional years.

Can I increase my income by making a gift of stock?

If you own stock that currently provides you with a low annual yield, maybe 2%-3% or less, a “life income” gift may be appropriate. You could transfer the stock to us and establish a trust that would provide you with a 5% or greater annual return. This income would be paid to you and/or a loved one for life, after which the assets would be distributed outright to us. Through such an arrangement, you would be increasing your income and making a meaningful (and tax-deductible) contribution to us at the same time.

About Lodges & IMHF

How can Lodges help with this total effort?
  1. Request a Foundation Program to be put on in your Lodge to explain the Home and Foundation. (this qualifies for part of the Grand Master’s Award requirements.)
  1. Appoint a Foundation ambassador from your Lodge to report to the Lodge updates on the Home and Foundation.
  1. Keep the Grand Secretary promptly informed of all membership changes including address changes.
What is the “Gold Card Sponsor” project?

The long-range Benevolent Program is assuring the future of The Indiana Masonic Home. Your donations will help in supporting Phase III (1991-2000) of the Masonic Home Benevolent Program. Your check in the amount of $100 or more, payable to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, Inc., will help reach our Phase III goal of $43,000,000. Your are invited to mail your donations to:

525 North Illinois Street
PO Box 44210 – Indianapolis, IN 46244-0210

You are requested to show on your check, Gold Card Sponsor, together with your Lodge or chapter name and number. Your permanent card identifying you as a Phase III donor “Gold Card Sponsor” will be mailed within 30 days. All donations are IRS tax deductible.