The Thomas Jefferson Circle
The Thomas Jefferson Circle was established to recognize donors who have expressed commitment to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest by including Poplar Forest in their estate plans. Planned gifts sustain our mission and provide future financial support to Poplar Forest.
If you have already made a planned gift, we hope that you will share your intentions with us so we may properly welcome and recognize you. Download and complete our Planned Gift Pledge Form.
Ways to Become a Member
An outright bequest of cash, securities, real estate or tangible personal property is one way to provide for The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in your will. You may indicate a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a particular piece of real estate or other property.
A residual bequest provides that The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest receives the “residue,” or the balance remaining, of your estate after specific bequests are satisfied. Wills or living trust agreements can also establish trusts that can provide income to another person or persons for life before the principal assets pass to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.
One of the easiest ways to make a planned gift to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is by making The Corporation the beneficiary of a retirement account such as an IRA, SEP, 401(k),403(b), or other retirement plan. This beneficiary designation can usually be accomplished by completing a beneficiary designation form either by mail or online. Naming The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest as a partial or full beneficiary of your retirement plan may result in significant income or estate tax savings.
Gifts such as land or houses can also help The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Retaining a life interest in a primary or secondary residence donated to the Corporation gives a donor an immediate charitable tax deduction and the security of knowing family members will not be burdened with the sale of a home or property at some future date.
A low-cost way to make a significant gift to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is to make the Corporation the beneficiary or owner of a new or existing life insurance policy. If you continue to pay the premiums after the gift of the policy, you can receive an income tax charitable deduction when each premium is paid. Also, the proceeds are removed from your taxable estate at death.
Charitable Lead Trusts
A charitable lead trust provides an annual gift of income to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest for a period of years, after which the trust’s assets would pass to your heirs or others you name, thereby resulting in gift and estate tax savings.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Your advisor might recommend establishing a charitable remainder trust as a tax-advantaged way to make a gift of $100,000 or more. If established during your lifetime, you will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the value of the remainder that will eventually pass to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.
Charitable Remainder Unitrusts permit you to make a gift yet continue to receive a fixed percentage of the annual value of the gift assets selected by you, at least 5% but no more than 50% (the unitrust payment). Following your death, the unitrust payment may continue to a second beneficiary, if you so direct, with the principal finally passing to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest on the death of your last beneficiary. After those payments end, the trust’s remaining assets are paid to The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Since the unitrust payments change annually based on an annual revaluation of the assets, a unitrust permits you to share in the appreciation (or depreciation) in the value of the trust.
The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization chartered in December 1983 to rescue and preserve Thomas Jefferson’s retreat for the educational and cultural benefit of the public. We are a publicly supported charity under federal tax code sections 501(c)3.
The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor in regarding gift planning matters.
Legal Name: The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Tax ID Number: 54-1258296
Address: P.O. Box 419, Forest, VA 24551
Please contact Renee Rose Flowers, Director of Development at 434-534-8129 or Renee@poplarforest.org to discuss how your gift can help further the mission of Poplar Forest.