Planned and Estate Giving

Planned Giving For Tomorrow

My Brother’s Table has provided over 3.2 million meals to our neighbors since 1982. Today the problems of hunger and poverty continue to exist in Lynn and across the country.

For many of our guests we continue to be their only source of daily nourishment. To ensure that we can continue nourishing our guests for years to come please consider making a Planned or Estate giving donation. By planning a gift as part of your overall estate and financial plans you will help guarantee that My Brother’s Table never has to turn away any of our hungry neighbors. For more information on Planned and Estate giving please call the MBT office at 781.595.3224.

You can make a gift to My Brother's Table through your will or via a codicil to your will. This is a bequest. You can bequeath a specific sum, or a percentage of your estate or specific property. A bequest enables you to make a lasting gift to My Brother's Table while providing the security of knowing that you have complete access to your assets should you need them for medical or other expenses. A bequest may also enable you to reduce estate taxes.

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and My Brother's Table Endowment Fund whereby you transfer cash or securities to the Endowment and, in exchange the Endowment agrees to pay you (and/or another beneficiary) a guaranteed fixed income for life. You receive a current income tax deduction and a portion of the income you receive is a non-taxable return of principal.

If the gift annuity is funded with long-term appreciated property, capital gains tax is avoided on part of the gift and deferred on the balance.

Charitable Trusts
If you need current income, or future income for your retirement years, a charitable remainder trust can provide income to you (and/or a loved one) for life or for a term of years. You may also qualify for an income tax deduction and avoid the capital gains tax on the property used to fund the trust. There are two types of charitable remainder trusts. In the unitrust , the annual income to the donor is variable, based on a fixed percentage of the value of the assets in the trust. In the annuity trust , the annual income is a fixed percentage of the trust's initial value and provides income of a fixed dollar amount. Another type of trust, the charitable lead trust , can be established to provide income to My Brother's Table for a period of years, before passing the assets back to the donor or the donor's family.

Life Estates
When you make a gift of your home now, you can receive a current tax deduction, while retaining the security of knowing that you can live there as long as you wish and having the satisfaction of making a significant gift to My Brother's Table. You continue to care for the property, pay the taxes and even receive any income it generates. Upon your death (or that of a loved one), the property goes to My Brother's Table Endowment Fund without passing through your probated estate, thereby saving unnecessary expense and delay.

Gifts of Appreciated Stock
Many people have securities that have increased greatly in value since their purchase. By using these stocks for charitable giving, donors can conserve cash for other uses and maximize the value of their gifts. Donors can deduct the full fair-market value of appreciated securities and pay no capital gains on their transfer to My Brother's Table. This can reduce the cost of making a gift or increase the amount can afford to give.

Life Insurance
A simple way to make a significant future gift is to name My Brother's Table Endowment Fund as the beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the proceeds of a life insurance policy no longer needed for its original purpose, or to purchase a new fund policy for the benefit of My Brother's Table. You should contact your insurance agent to discuss how best to make such a gift. He or she can work with My Brother's Table staff to meet your charitable giving goals.

Retirement Plan Gifts
You may have accumulated funds in your company pension plan, IRA or other private retirement account which are beyond your needs or potentially subject to the federal excise tax on over-funded retirement plans. It may be convenient and beneficial to make a current or future charitable gift to My Brother's Table from those accounts.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts
Any of the planned giving ideas discussed here can become an enduring tribute to a family member or other loved one. A member of My Brother's Table staff would be glad to assist you in choosing an appropriate commemoration for your gift in memory or honor of someone special.

In order to insure the privacy of our guests and to serve the greatest number of people in need, My Brother’s Table is entirely funded by private donors and businesses. We do not solicit or accept government grants and are not a United Way affiliate.
My Brother’s Table is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to MBT are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


Hunger In Lynn

Today the problems of hunger and poverty continue to exist in the city of Lynn. Today there are more hungry families in need. There is a big rise in the number of working poor as well as continued tragedy of homelessness.

MBT Presenter Available

Is your group looking for a speaker? Dianne and other staff members from the Table are available to speak to groups of all sizes.

If you are interested about knowing more please feel free to contact Dianne
(781) 595-3224

Did You Know...

My Brother's Table is privately funded We do not receive nor seek federal, state, or local aid. We do this in order to insure the privacy of our guests and to serve the greatest number of people in need. Funding comes from individual donations and events and private grants. The Table also relies heavily on donated food from supermarkets, restaurants, food drives, and individuals for most of each meal served. Visit our Funding page for more information.