Utilizing farmland to create a legacy of giving

To the Editor:

Iowa’s farmland holds both our state’s heritage and our history. As you think about the future of your land, what if you could ensure it is kept in production while directing the revenue to the causes and community you care so much about? Keep Iowa Growing allows you to do just that. Keep Iowa Growing is Iowa’s farmland giving program available through the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Keep Iowa Growing provides you the opportunity to keep your land in production while creating a legacy of giving that will positively impact the causes you care about forever.

Making a gift of farmland through Keep Iowa Growing gives you the unique flexibility to structure a gift which works best for you. An outright gift can be made with the revenue benefiting the causes you care about immediately. You can also choose to make a gift of farmland, but retain a life estate and an income stream for your lifetime and a charitable legacy for generations to come. This flexibility allows you to consider what is best for you, your family and your farming operation while maximizing your charitable contributions and tax savings.

Keep Iowa Growing provides a variety of opportunities and benefits to not only support the causes you care about, but maximize tax savings on the gift of land. When making a gift of farmland you receive a tax deduction for the charitable portion of the gift, bypass capital gains taxes, remove the asset from the possibility of estate taxes and you may qualify for Endow Iowa Tax Credits. Endow Iowa Tax Credits are a 25% state tax credit available for gifts made to qualifying funds at our community foundation.

While your generosity creates a legacy of giving, your land will continue its history of production. Keep Iowa Growing will manage your gifted farmland to ensure best farming practices are used and your intentions are carried out. You have the ability to name the tenant farmer who will rent the land, thus providing farmers in your community a continued income stream.

Farming has provided you with more than living; it is a way of life. Making a gift of farmland through Keep Iowa Growing gives you the assurance this way of life will not only continue, but has created a legacy of giving forever benefitting the community and causes you care about.

For more information on Keep Iowa Growing contact Darcy Swon, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Development Director, at dswon@enhancehamiltoncounty.org or (515) 835-0437, or Kristi Knous, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines president, at knous@desmoinesfoundation.org or (515) 883-2626.

Darcy Swon,

Enhance Hamilton

County Foundation

Kristi Knous,

Community Foundation

of Greater Des Moines