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Year-End Giving Can Help You and the IfA

Year-end gifts to the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA) are valuable in helping the Institute to support its research, education, and outreach programs. For example, private gifts have underwritten the costs for high school students' participation in the TOPS (Toward Other Planetary Systems) summer workshop, purchased specialized computer equipment for a postdoctoral fellow, and provided a modest pool of funds to be used at the discretion of the IfA Director to promote the Institute in the broader community.

With less than one month remaining in the calendar year, it is also a good time to assess your income tax situation.  Gifts to a qualified nonprofit organization, such as the IfA, made before year-end, may provide you with a needed tax deduction.

Gifts may be made outright with a check payable to the UH Foundation for the Institute for Astronomy or by credit card. Securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds) that have appreciated in value or tangible assets, such as real estate or personal goods and services, are also accepted by the Foundation. Deferred gifts, such as a charitable gift annuity, can fulfill the dual purpose of providing future assistance to an Institute project or program while achieving tax benefits and estate planning objectives for the donor.

Please contact Joan Yanagihara at (808) 956-6712 or joany@ifa.hawaii.edu if you have questions, would like further information, or if you would like to make a credit card gift or a gift of appreciated securities.