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Ways to Donate

Wilson Research Foundation Giving Levels

Visionaries $500,000 +
Pillars $200,000 - $499,999
Pioneers $85,000 - $199,999
Sustainers $25,000 - $84,999
Partners $5,000 - 24,999
Fellows $1,000 - $4,999
Friends Up to $1,000


10 Ways to Give

  1. A gift of cash 
  2. Memorials and honorary gifts: A gift of any amount may be designated in someone's honor or memory. We will promptly send acknowledgement letters to you and the honoree (or family of the person remembered).  
  3. Bequests: You can remember the Wilson Research Foundation in your will with a bequest for a percentage of your estate or a specific amount of cash or property. 
  4. Gifts of real estate or property: This way of giving has advantages to the donor, including eliminating capital gains taxes and ability to deduct the fair market value of the gift. One option is to transfer a deed to the Wilson Research Foundation while retaining the right to live in and use the property for life. In that scenario, the donor receives a current charitable deduction based on life expectancy and the value of the home or property. 
  5. Gifts of stock: To make a gift of securities, send the gift in the Wilson Research Foundation's name to our brokerage firm: Merrill Lynch (Parker Wealth Management), 1022 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS 39157. DTC #8862. Call (601) 607-7656 or (800) 937-0882. Two-fold tax savings result from stock gifts:The donor avoids paying capital gains tax on the increase in value of the stock since purchase, and receives a tax deduction for full market value.
  6. Bank accounts and CDs: You may name the Wilson Research Foundation as the beneficiary upon your death. Yet you own and may use the assets.
  7. Charitable lead trusts: With a lead trust, you "lead" with a gift to a qualified nonprofit organization such as the Wilson Research Foundation, typically over a period of years, and the remaining trust assets will pass to your family members. This way to give can have advantages in estate and gift taxes.
  8. Charitable remainder trusts: With this type of trust, you will receive income for life or for a period of time (up to 20 years), and the "remainder" of the trust assets will then support our mission. You receive a partial income tax deduction.
  9. Life insurance policies: This can be a very effective way to give and offers significant tax savings. Mr. Wilson, the namesake of our Foundation, utilized life insurance policies to bless several of his favorite nonprofit organizations. 
  10. Volunteer Service: There are a number of ways you can support our mission with your time and talents.

Gift Acceptance: The Foundation officers serve as the Gift Acceptance Committee, reserving the right to reject gifts that may not be consistent with our mission, those that may involve potential liabilities or be too difficult to manage or divest.  

Questions? Contact Chris Blount, the Foundation's Executive Director, at (601) 364-3598 or e-mail

"With your help...there are no limits." Earl R. Wilson (founding chairman of Methodist Rehabilitation Center)

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