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The Dude Ranch Foundation Mission

To protect and preserve the history of Dude Ranching by maintaining a museum and archives for educating the public on the historical nature of the dude ranching industry. Additionally, our mission is to financially assist in the educations of persons wishing to pursue employment or careers in the dude ranch industry and supporting industries.

 

Dude Ranch Foundation Membership

Corporate Level $300 – JOIN NOW

  • Invitation to DRA annual convention
  • Foundation quarterly newsletter
  • Nominate two students for a scholarship
  • Nominate two families to connect to the outdoors via a dude ranch vacation
  • Receive 18 tickets for a raffle of a free dude ranch vacation
  • Dude Ranch Foundation coffee mug

Family Level $100 – JOIN NOW

  • Foundation quarterly newsletter
  • Nominate one student for a scholarship
  • Nominate one family to connect to the outdoors via a dude ranch vacation
  • Receive six tickets for a raffle of a free dude ranch vacation

Additional Donation: ❒ $10  ❒  $25   Other $______ – CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

A Non-Profit Organization – IRS Code 501 (c)3, TIN: 74-2519170

How Does Your Membership Help?

Scholarships – The Foundation provides a broad and flexible set of scholarships each year to students with the overall goal of supporting the future of the dude ranch industry. Over $250,000 awarded to students since inception.

Education – Through public relations, articles, speaker’s bureau and teaming up with authors and organizations the Foundation conducts outreach to educate the public about the rich history and vacation opportunities at dude ranches.

Protecting and Preserving Land – The Foundation facilitates preservation efforts through connecting funders, ranchers, experts and organizations to initiate conservation easements and or selling of development rights.

Horse Safety Program – In an effort to assist ranches in becoming safer the Foundation developed a horse safety program that has been wildly successful and has verified results. The foundation dispatches certified approved instructors to train ranch staff.

Dude Ranch Museum – Your support helps fund and outfit a Museum located in Cody Wyoming to present and display the rich history of the Dude Ranch Industry. It is free to the public all year long.

Connecting Children and Families to the Outdoors – The Foundation sponsors families who might not otherwise have the ability to connect with the outdoors via a dude ranch vacation.

  • Foundation Endowment
  • Preserving and protecting the land/conservation
    easements
  • Connecting children and families to the outdoors via dude ranch vacations
  • Education
  • Scholarships
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Speakers Bureau – educating the public about dude ranches and their history.

For more information on the Dude Ranch Foundation please fill out the form on the contact us page or call the foundation at  307-587-2339.

 

Planned Giving

For more information on other gift giving opportunities

Such as below contact colleen@duderanch.org or give us a call at 307-587-2339.

Charitable Lead Trusts

A charitable remainder trust is an agreement between a donor and a trustee that can provide fixed or variable income to meet the financial needs of the donor or another named beneficiary. At the termination of the agreement the remaining trust assets are passed on to the Dude Ranch Foundation.

How it works:

A charitable remainder trust is established when you transfer assets (cash, stock, or other securities) to the trustee named in a trust agreement. The trustee pays you (or whomever you designate as beneficiary in the trust agreement) income from the trust. Charitable remainder trusts are established for one or more lives, for a term of years not to exceed 20 years or a combination of the two.

After all of the income payments have been made from the trust, the trustee transfers the remaining trust assets to the Dude Ranch Foundation. The foundation can then use the assets to meet general purpose expenses or for a specific purpose that you have designated in the trust agreement.

Many charitable trusts are created to provide reliable income for the donor or the donor’s spouse/beneficiary. Payments will depend upon the kind of trust chosen —

  1. a charitable remainder annuity trust provides the beneficiary a fixed amount of money annually that remains constant for the term of the trust; or
  2. a charitable remainder unitrust provides the beneficiary a percentage of the total value of the assets in the trust, as revalued each year.

The material presented here is not offered as legal or tax advice. We recommend you seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain your considered gift fits well with your overall circumstances and planning.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A charitable remainder trust is an agreement between a donor and a trustee that can provide fixed or variable income to meet the financial needs of the donor or another named beneficiary. At the termination of the agreement the remaining trust assets are passed on to the Dude Ranch Foundation.

How it works:

A charitable remainder trust is established when you transfer assets (cash, stock, or other securities) to the trustee named in a trust agreement. The trustee pays you (or whomever you designate as beneficiary in the trust agreement) income from the trust. Charitable remainder trusts are established for one or more lives, for a term of years not to exceed 20 years or a combination of the two.

After all of the income payments have been made from the trust, the trustee transfers the remaining trust assets to the Dude Ranch Foundation. The foundation can then use the assets to meet general purpose expenses or for a specific purpose that you have designated in the trust agreement.

Many charitable trusts are created to provide reliable income for the donor or the donor’s spouse/beneficiary. Payments will depend upon the kind of trust chosen —

  1. a charitable remainder annuity trust provides the beneficiary a fixed amount of money annually that remains constant for the term of the trust; or
  2. a charitable remainder unitrust provides the beneficiary a percentage of the total value of the assets in the trust, as revalued each year.

The material presented here is not offered as legal or tax advice. We recommend you seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain your considered gift fits well with your overall circumstances and planning.

Gifts and Bequests of Retirement Assets

Many individuals hold a significant amount of their wealth in their tax deferred retirement account, such as an IRA or 401(k). Assets held in these accounts grow tax-free over time but when distributed are subject to income tax. The income tax liability occurs when the assets are taken out of the retirement account, either by the owner making a withdrawal of assets during life, or when the account is distributed upon the account owner’s death. There are two exceptions that are important to note, the income tax liability is deferred if the owner’s spouse is named as the beneficiary of the account and the income tax liability is eliminated when a tax-exempt charitable organization is named as the beneficiary.

Naming the Dude Ranch Foundation as the beneficiary of your retirement account can be advantageous for both estate and income tax purposes. The Dude Ranch Foundation, as a tax-exempt organization, does not pay income tax when the assets held in the tax deferred retirement account are distributed to the foundation upon the death of the account owner. If the account owner’s estate is subject to estate tax, the estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction for the value of the account that names the Dude Ranch Foundation as the beneficiary. By fulfilling charitable intent and naming the foundation as the beneficiary of a tax deferred retirement account, this will free up other assets that do not have a built-in tax liability for your other non-charity beneficiaries. It is a win-win situation for everyone.

It is important to note that in order to give a retirement account to the Dude Ranch Foundation upon death, you should complete a beneficiary designation form with the custodian of your retirement account.

The material presented here is not offered as legal or tax advice. We recommend you seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain your considered gift fits well with your overall circumstances and planning.

Stock/Appreciated Securities

If your investment portfolio includes low-yielding, highly appreciated stock or securities that have held for more than one year you may want to consider gifting them to the Dude Ranch Foundation. Appreciated property can include publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds, closely held stock, commercial property, farms, personal residences or unimproved land.

You may benefit by:

  • Receiving an income tax deduction for the full market value of the gift as of the date of the transfer;

  • Paying no capital gains tax on the appreciation of your asset (the difference between your cost basis and current fair market value);

  • Making a generous charitable gift without reducing your liquid assets

  • Reducing your exposure to estate taxes

How to make a gift of securities to the Dude Ranch Foundation:

To avoid capital gains tax, ask your financial institution to contact Colleen Hodson at (307) 587-2339. Colleen will provide wire transfer information to the donor or their agent if securities are being wired. All securities will be sold as soon as is reasonably possible. Your entire gift will be tax deductible and is effective immediately upon transfer at the fair market value of the securities on that exact date.

How to make a gift of real property to the Dude Ranch Foundation

Please contact the office at (307) 587-2339. Prior to acceptance, gifts of property are inspected by the foundation or by an agent acting on its behalf to assess the condition of the property and to ensure that it is appropriate to the mission and resources of the Dude Ranch Foundation.

Wills and Living Trusts

You can support the Dude Ranch Foundation in your Will or Living Trust by arranging for the Museum:

  • to receive a gift of a specific amount;
  • to receive a percentage of your remaining estate;
  • to receive a gift of a specific asset (real estate, stocks, etc.); or
  • to be a contingent beneficiary in the event a primary beneficiary shall predecease you.

To make a gift to the Foundation you simply include a provision in your Will specifying the type and/or amount you would like to give. Although the provision can be brief, the language necessary to accomplish your wishes is very important and should be prepared by your attorney.

The material presented here is not offered as legal or tax advice. We recommend you seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain your considered gift fits well with your overall circumstances and planning

Real Estate Gifts

The gift of real estate is a unique and meaningful way to support the Dude Ranch Foundaiton.

Retained Life Estate

You can enjoy the satisfaction of making such a gift during your lifetime — without affecting your current lifestyle — by a special arrangement called a retained life estate. You can give your residence or second home to the foundation, continue to reside in, use or derive earnings from the property for life, and receive an immediate charitable tax deduction for the remainder value of the property (what the IRS estimates as the foundation’s future right in the property).

This type of gift may be appealing to you if you are contemplating leaving your property to the foundation through your will, but would like to transfer the gift now to receive the income tax advantages.

Lifetime Income

Real estate can also be a valuable asset when used to fund a lifetime income agreement such as a charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust.

As an example, appreciated property such as real estate or securities can be placed in a Trust designating the foundation as the beneficiary. The Trust may sell and reinvest the property, avoiding capital gains taxes, and pay a specified income to you for life. You are able to take an immediate charitable tax deduction upon transferring the assets to the Trust, avoid capital gains and remove the property from your estate, thereby potentially reducing estate taxes. You and your spouse or other designated beneficiary will receive a fixed percentage of at least 5% of the net fair market value of the contributed assets as annual income for life. Upon termination of the Trust, the remaining principal would be distributed to the foundation.

You may benefit by:

  • Obtaining an income tax charitable deduction equal to the property’s full market value (if held long term) instead of the lower cost basis
  • Reducing the cost of the making the gift and increasing your cash flow that would have been used to pay for taxes, insurance and upkeep.
  • Avoiding capital gains tax on the property’s appreciation as well as a gift tax
  • Reducing your overall taxable estate.

How to make a gift of real estate
to the Foundaiton:

Please contact the office at (307) 587-2339. Prior to acceptance, gifts of real estate are inspected by the foundation or by an agent acting on its behalf to assess the condition of the property and to ensure that it is appropriate to the mission and resources of the Dude Ranch Foundation

The material presented here is not offered as legal or tax advice. We recommend you seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain your considered gift fits well with your overall circumstances and planning.

The material presented here is not offered as legal or tax advice. We recommend you seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain your considered gift fits well with your overall circumstances and planning.