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Make A Monetary Gift

Monetary Gift Options

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, all monetary gifts to Siena Francis House are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law, and are greatly appreciated.

Personal donations from individuals, households and businesses from our community are an integral source of financial support to the Siena Francis House. Donors give personal charitable contributions to our organization because they value our mission of providing food, shelter, and clothing to people experiencing homelessness, as they navigate their path toward permanent, stable housing. There are several ways to accomplish this:

  • Send a check, cash or money order to: Siena Francis House – PO Box 217 – Omaha, NE  68101.
  • Make an online gift, using a credit or debit card or bank/ACH transfer, on our secure website at www.SienaFrancis.org and clicking on the “Donate” banner.
  • Text HOPE to 877-380-1198.

Recurring Donations

More and more donors support the important work of Siena Francis House through recurring donations (once a month, for example). Recurring homeless shelter donations assure the Siena Francis House of having stable funding, year-round. Setting up recurring donations makes charitable giving more convenient for donors and helps them budget for their philanthropic giving.

Please click the Donate Now button below to access our secure, online giving form. If you would like to make your donations recurring, select "Recurring Donation" under the Type of Donation heading. Use the pull-down menu to select the frequency of your gift (weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly). You can make a gift via credit card, debit card, or even through a bank account. If you need assistance with setting up a recurring donation, please call us at 402-341-1821, extension 1130. Rita would be more than happy to help you!

Gifts of Stock/Mutual Funds

Did you know that Siena Francis House accepts gifts of securities, such as stocks and mutual fund holdings?

How:  You transfer appreciated stocks or mutual fund shares you have owned for more than one year to Siena Francis House. We will sell your securities and use the proceeds in support of our programs that serve the homeless.

Benefits:  You will receive an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of their transfer, regardless of what you originally paid for them. You will pay no capital gains tax on the shares you transfer when we sell the securities.

Gifts of appreciated securities and mutual funds are deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income the year you make the gift.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to make a gift of stocks or mutual funds to the Siena Francis House, via our gift-planning partner, FreeWill’s easy-to-use online platform.

For additional information, please contact Siena Francis House’s Chief Development Officer, Chris Knauf, at 402-341-1821, extension 1161 or at cknauf@sienafrancis.org.

Thank you for considering this excellent charitable-giving opportunity!

Donating from an Individual Retirement Account (aka an IRA Charitable Rollover)

In January 2018, a federal tax overhaul included provisions relating to charitable giving. Most prominently, qualifying donors can still make direct transfers to charities from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without first having to recognize the distribution as income.

People over 70 1/2 years old are required to make minimum yearly distributions from their retirement accounts - which are taxed by the government. But qualifying donors are still allowed to give up to $100,000 per year from these accounts to charity, which counts toward the minimum disbursement, without being taxed. You may make tax-free transfers from your IRA or Roth IRA if:

You are 70 1/2 years old or older.

Your cumulative tax-free transfers to charity do not exceed $100,000 per tax year.

Your tax-free transfers are made directly from your IRA or Roth IRA to a qualified public charity, like the Siena/Francis House, and NOT to donor-advised funds, supporting organizations or private foundations.

Transfers completed by December 31, 2021 will be free of federal income tax this year, and such gifts qualify for the 2021 required minimum distribution from donors' IRAs. Please act now to support Siena Francis House - and to fulfill your own charitable goals - by taking advantage of the planning options available to you.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to make an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to the Siena Francis House, via our gift-planning partner, FreeWill’s easy-to-use online platform.

For additional information, please contact Siena Francis House’s Chief Development Officer, Chris Knauf, at 402-341-1821, extension 1161 or at cknauf@sienafrancis.org.

Thank you for considering this excellent charitable-giving opportunity!

Estate Planning

Other donors make more lasting gifts to assist those in our community who experience homelessness by including Siena Francis House in their estates, as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or as a beneficiary of a retirement account. These types of bequest, “legacy” gifts go a long way in helping our organization provide food, shelter and clothing services that so many in our community desperately need.

We’ve partnered with FreeWill to make it easier than ever to get started on a legacy gift in your estate plan. CLICK HERE to write a free, legal will and include the necessary language to support Siena Francis House with this lasting gift.  For more information regarding estate planning, please contact Siena Francis House’s Chief Development Officer, Chris Knauf, at 402-341-1821, extension 1161 or at cknauf@sienafrancis.org.

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