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One Person Can Change a Life

Nikki with her family

In the mid-1970s, Nikki's school counselor helped facilitate her attendance to Camp. That experience and his belief in her changed Nikki's life. Today, she's paying it forward. More

Chance Meeting With Teens Creates Gift for Tanager Place

Jim and Kristin Novak

A unique experience shaped Jim and Kristin Novak's view of Tanager Place. They're giving back to ensure children continue to receive quality, loving care. More

A Servant's Heart

John and his family

"We will never know how many children were helped by our one small action, a legacy gift," says John. See how he's ensuring he can continue to help children for years to come. More

Love. Security. Connection.

Ann and Vern Bagley

A phone call 28 years ago started a special connection between Tanager Place and Ann and Vern Bagley, who have delivered supplies to the children at least twice a month. It's a connection the Bagleys will continue beyond their lifetimes through a life insurance policy with Tanager Place as a beneficiary. More

Nest Eggs


Tanager Place Volk Society members joined with top experts in childhood mental health for a special gathering and symposium May 16. Volk Society members are donors who have included Tanager children in their estate plan. More

Master Storytellers

Bob and Jan Kazimour

Bob and Jan Kazimour have been longtime supporters of Tanager Place. By making us a part of their life story, the Kazimours ensured their support for the children we serve will continue for years to come. More

Giving Back is Model Behavior

Vernon Squire

As a father, community volunteer and coach, Vernon Squires knows there are many children without substantial means and many in beyond their control. Some of these children suffer with challenges that impact their mental and behavioral health. These are the children Vernon seeks to help with his planned gift to Tanager Place. More

Giving Comes Naturally

Richard Bascom

Richard Bascom, bar and restaurant owner, traveling enthusiast and volunteer, lives life surrounded by people. Along the way he helps people by sharing resources and giving emotional support. More

Imagine Yourself a Philanthropist

Ruth Paulson and family

Ruth Paulson didn't set out to be a great philanthropist. She merely sat each evening handwriting thank you notes, thousands each year, to the people that donated to Camp Good Health (now Camp Tanager). More

Donor Spotlight: Steve and Ann Picray

Steve and Ann Picray

It's the personal touch that makes you feel special. Ann Picray gives that personal touch in everything she does for Tanager Place. She's spent hours sharing her passion of sewing, making over 160 curtains and personal items for Tanager Place children in the inpatient program. This special effort brings healing. More

Quiet. Unassuming. Devoted to Tanager Place.

Sometimes a donor resonates with an organization's mission and wants to stay in the background. That's the way with Tanager Place friend and long-time donor, Michael. This father of two, and grandfather to several, knows that children need extra love and attention at times. More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Tanager Place a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Tanager Place Endowment Foundation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ______ percent of my estate to be used at the discretion of its governing board."

Legal Name: Tanager Place
Federal Tax ID number: 42-0688079
Located at: 2309 C St SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Tanager Place or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Tanager Place as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Tanager Place as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Tanager Place where you agree to make a gift to Tanager Place and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.