The Master Gardener Legacy Fund

Supporting Florida Master Gardeners

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The Master Gardener Legacy Fund was created to provide financial support to Master Gardener programs throughout Florida. Counties can apply annually to receive grants for new or continuing educational projects. Money will be awarded by the UF/IFAS Florida Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator and a review committee.

How You Can Help

The bigger we grow the Master Gardener Legacy Fund endowment, the more financial support we will be able to provide to County Master Gardener projects across the state.

Please consider donating online at www.uff.ufl.edu/appeals/MGLegacyFund, writing a check (payable to the UF Foundation), or contact Katherine Davies, Associate Director of Development at (352) 294-7869 or send her an email to learn more about planned giving options.

Planned Giving

A bequest can be a gift of a specific dollar amount, a particular asset (such as real estate, securities, or tangible personal property), or a percentage of your net estate.

Life Insurance - You can name the UF Foundation as a revocable primary beneficiary or as a policy owner on a new or existing life insurance policy. You continue to pay the premiums, but as contributions (equal to the premium) to the MG Legacy Fund.

Retirement Plan - A qualified retirement plan or an Individual Retirement Account {IRA) can benefit the MG Legacy Fund. You pay no income tax on the contributed funds or on their growth in value; you only pay income tax when you withdraw the funds.

Stocks and Securities - A gift of appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds that have been held more than one year is a popular alternative to donating cash, because you can save on taxes twice: by avoiding capital gain tax and through a charitable income tax deduction.

Real Estate - In a retained life estate gift, donating the remainder interest from your property gives you a tax deduction and lets you avoid capital gains taxes, while you still live in your home. A gift of appreciated property offers maximum tax advantages (the charitable deduction is based on the full fair market value of the property). Appreciated property can be used to create a charitable remainder trust, providing an annual income for life.