• You can make a difference by supporting the Council On Aging!

    Help COCOA to provide a safety-net of services for Central Oregon’s most vulnerable seniors by donating today. Your support will help seniors to stay healthy and socially engaged, and to age with dignity and respect. (COCOA is a 501c3 organization; donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.)

Donate Online

You can now support COCOA with your online donation via PayPal!  Just click on the Donate button below to make your tax-deductible contribution.

 

Help the Central Oregon Council on Aging by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington,
based on where customers tell them to give.
Here’s how the program works: 

             Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to COCOA at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

             You can search for COCOA by our name or by our non-profit number 80869.

  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you help COCOA earn a donation!
  • You still earn Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

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At-will donations support seniors and COCOA with a donation of any size. Your generosity will make a difference to seniors in our area.  You can support COCOA by:

  • Making a cash donation online, via phone, or through the mail
  • Volunteering
  • Providing in-kind support
  • Donating a service
  • Preparing a bequest, gifting life insurance policies, or providing for other planned giving

Bequest
One of the simplest planned gifts is a bequest through your will in which you designate either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate after other disbursements. In addition to supporting the Council on Aging, it serves as an example to your heirs of the values and ideals you hold dear.

Life Insurance
If you have an insurance policy that is no longer needed for the purpose it was originally purchased, you may wish to change the beneficiary to the Council on Aging. You may also consider making a gift of a policy itself to the Council on Aging and contribute funds to enable the Council on Aging to pay the insurance premiums. The value of an ordinary policy at the time of the gift is tax deductible. If you continue paying the premiums, they also are deductible as charitable contributions. If a paid-up policy is given, the cost of purchasing a new paid-up policy at your current age is the value of the charitable deduction.

Other Planned Giving Options
There are many other powerful ways to combine continuing support to the Council on Aging with tax benefits and income for you and your loved ones.

Charitable Gift Annuity
In exchange for your gift of cash or marketable securities to the Council on Aging, we agree to pay you (and a survivor or other beneficiary) a fixed amount annually for your lifetime. The transfer is part gift and part purchase of an annuity. The rate of return is attractive and the payments are guaranteed for life.

Charitable Remainder Trust
This life income plan is created by transferring assets to a trust that pays you (and another beneficiary, if you wish) a specified amount annually for life. At the end of the trust, the remaining trust assets are transferred to the Council on Aging. A bank or trusted advisor can serve as trustee.

Charitable Lead Trust
Individuals with very large estates can use a charitable lead trust to benefit the Council on Aging and pass principal to family members at a greatly reduced tax cost. It works like this: You transfer assets to a trust that provides payments to the Council on Aging for a term of years. Then the trust principal goes to your children, grandchildren, or others free of, or at greatly reduced, federal gift and estate tax.

Gift of Retirement Plans
Many individuals today have large qualified retirement plans such as an IRA, 401(k), or Keogh plan.  These assets have been growing tax-free for years. Once the owner begins to receive payments from the qualified plans, the distributions are taxed. The plans are also included in the owner's taxable estate. A retirement plan may be an excellent source of funds for making a gift to the Council on Aging.

Join Council On Aging’s Pay It Forward Endowment Society
The Council on Aging is honored to be remembered by the community and our friends. Estate gifts are personal and make a significant impact on our ability to continue services to seniors. We take your commitment and the responsibility for providing for seniors seriously. A Statement of Intent to bequeath a future gift upon the Council On Aging entitles you to membership in our treasured Pay It Forward Endowment Society. Your membership allows us to thank you during your lifetime.

Please mail your Statement of Intent to the following address:

COCOA, 373 NE Greenwood Ave., Bend, OR 97701
541.678.5483 - Fax: 541.647.2689

Your contributions enable the Council On Aging to continue providing services for seniors. Future generations of seniors depend on the important decisions we make today!

For more information contact Laurie at 541-678-5483 ext. 115.

 

 

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