Ways to Make an Impact Now

Recommend a grant now from your Donor-Advised Fund

You can now initiate a grant recommendation from your donor-advised fund, or DAF, using the link below. Simply start typing in your fund provider name and the system will prompt you through the process.

Start a Donor-Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund at Horizons allows you to support all the specific causes and organizations that matter to you – both within and outside of the LGBTQ community. Learn more about Horizons’ Donor-Advised Fund Program here.

Horizons Foundation’s LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund

No one can predict the future or the types of challenges our community will face. That’s why we formed the Horizons Foundation LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund. Created in 2005, it’s a single, permanent fund dedicated in perpetuity to the freedom and well-being of our community. It will be there no matter what the future holds to support our community.

When you give to fund the endowment, you take action for our community. You can make an unrestricted gift, create a special fund that bears you name, or give a gift in support of an organization or issue that’s important to you. This is a unique and effective way to have an immediate and enduring impact and create a better, more welcoming world for LGBTQ people now and for generations to come.

IRA charitable rollover

Here’s a great way to make an immediate impact to empower and protect the LGBTQ community – through a direct transfer of funds from an IRA to Horizons. Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 70 ½ or older
  • An individual may transfer up to a total of $100,000 per year and a married couple may give up to $200,000
  • Your gift must be transferred directly from the IRA account to Horizons
  • Your gift is a transfer of funds from your IRA to Horizons, so it does not create taxable income for you and is not considered a charitable tax deduction
  • The transfer of funds counts towards your annual Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA
  • Your gift cannot be directed to your donor-advised fund at Horizons

If you’re interested in this popular way to support Horizons, download a sample letter for your IRA administrator here.

Memorial or tribute gift

A memorial or tribute gift for Horizons is a meaningful way to express your love, admiration, and gratitude for someone special. Your gift will honor your loved one, create a lasting tribute, and fuel the LGBTQ movement for generations to come.

Gifts of real estate

You can donate appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, or commercial property. This is an easy and effective way to fund a gift for Horizons that will empower LGBTQ people to live with pride, dignity, justice, and joy.

You can leave this generous gift while you continue to use the property throughout your lifetime and you may receive a tax deduction for your gift.

Gifts of securities

Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that have appreciated in value are among the best ways to drive the march towards full equality. You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income) and avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the stock.

Gifts of closely held business interests

You can create an effective legacy gift with donations of business interests such as stock in a closely held corporation, S-corporation stock, and shares in a professional corporation. When you give this special gift, you receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the shares without capital gains liability. You can even use the shares to fund a legacy gift that will pay you income for life.

Gifts of tangible personal property

You can fund a gift for Horizons by transferring paintings, antiques, collectibles, automobiles, or other items of personal property. You receive an immediate tax deduction for the appraised value of your gift and avoid capital gains tax (if your gift satisfies the related use requirements of the IRS). You can even use your gift of personal property to fund a legacy gift that will pay you income for life.

Gifts of cash

A donation of cash is the most direct way to create your Legacy of Pride with Horizons. You benefit from a charitable tax credit while you have an immediate impact on the present and future of the LGBTQ movement in the Bay Area and beyond. You can make your gift online with our secure online donation form or by sending a check or money order by mail to:

Horizons Foundation
550 Montgomery Street, Suite 700
San Francisco CA 94111

If you are sending a check or money order, please let us know if you would like your gift to be used for a specific purpose.

To learn more about fueling the LGBTQ movement, contact us at legacy@horizonsfoundation.org or 415-398-2333 for information and guidance.