How You Can Help

How You Can Help


There are many different ways you can give to the Widows Home, and each one offers specific donor advantages. When considering a gift, you should consult your legal and tax advisors to determine your most advantageous method of giving. Since the Widows Home is a 501(c)(3) public charity, all gifts are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. For information more information about how you can contribute to the mission of the Widows Home, call (937) 252-1661 and ask to speak to someone in Development.


Online Donations

Click Here to donate online through our secure web portal provided by the Widows Home of Dayton.

Gifts of Cash

An outright cash gift is the simplest method of giving and qualifies for a full charitable deduction.

Other Assets

Capital assets—including stocks, bonds, and securities worth more than when originally purchased—can be contributed to the Widows Home, leaving the donor free of tax liability on the capital gains that could be incurred if such assets were sold on the open market. Certain limitations apply.

Corporate Gifts

Owners of closely held corporations can benefit by making a contribution through their company. There are several tax advantages to this type of gift.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations have matching gift programs through which the value of an employee’s (or spouse’s) gift may be doubled and sometimes tripled. You receive credit for your gift as well as your company’s matching gift.

Gifts of Life Insurance Policies

For individuals who own a life insurance policy that they no longer need, it can serve as the perfect vehicle for a charitable gift. If the policy has a cash value, donors can take a charitable deduction. In addition, if annual premiums are still to be made and the donor continues to pay them, those premiums will become tax deductible each year. Donating a life insurance policy is relatively simple. Potential donors should check with their life insurance professional for details.

Trusts and Life Income Gifts

Several vehicles enable donors to make sizable gifts now and save income taxes, while providing the donor a guaranteed income for life.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust that provides income to the donor during the donor’s lifetime. The principal of the trust transfers to the Widows Home when the donor passes away. The donor can decide whether to start payouts at the time of the gift or to defer payouts until a later time. By deferring payouts, the donor is able to use a charitable remainder trust to augment his or her retirement plan with additional financial advantages.

Charitable Lead Trust

Like a charitable remainder trust, a charitable lead trust offers current income tax deductions and a reduction of capital gains taxes. In this arrangement, assets are placed in a trust and the income earned by the assets is given to the Widows Home for a number of years. The asset then passes back to the donor or to the donor’s beneficiaries. A charitable lead trust offers a number of tax advantages and can be useful in gift and estate-tax planning.

Gifts of Real Estate

For those who have owned a home, a vacation home, acreage, or a farm for many years, making charitable gifts of that real estate can be especially tax advantageous.

Life Estate Contract

A donor may wish to consider gifts of a personal residence or farm, reserving the right to live in the house for life (and if applicable, for the life of a surviving spouse). The donor receives an income tax deduction in the year the gift is made, based on the donor’s age and the fair market value of the property. This arrangement provides the same estate-tax benefits as a similar gift made through a donor’s will and also saves probate costs.

Gifts In Kind

In-kind contributions are donations of goods, services or time — instead of cash. Tangible goods include things like equipment, books, cars, clothing, furniture and supplies. Goods may also be intangible, such as advertising, patents, royalties and copyrights. Goods may be used, surplus, brand new.

Our Commitment to Our Donors

Widows Home of Dayton will not sell, share or trade our donors' names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. Information collected by Widows Home is only used for communication and fund raising purposes. 

This policy applies to all information received by Widows Home of Dayton, both online and offline, on any Platform ("Platform", includes the Widows Home website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.


To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

You are always welcome to call Widows Home Development Department to update change or opt out of any communication vehicle.  We can be reached at (937) 252-1661.