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Legacy Gifts

Planning your legacy is about ensuring a brighter future for your family while supporting your community long after you are gone.

Start here and learn about the different legacy gift options available at the Great Plains Food Bank. Whether you like to put your donation to work today or benefit your charity of choice tomorrow, the Great Plains Food Bank can help you identify a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support the community you care about.

Have you made or intend to make a gift to support the Great Plains Food Bank through a legacy gift? – please complete the online reply form.

For many of our Great Plains Food Bank donors, legacy giving is a perfect way to express support for hunger relief in North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Legacy gifts are mostly used as long-term mission impact resources. However, your generosity will lift our neighbors in need today, raise public awareness for tomorrow, while supporting long-term solutions for good. 

Legacy gifts often provide good financial benefits to the donor, including tax savings, cash payments, and supplemental support for family and friends – these and other benefits are available depending on a donor’s life circumstances and final wishes.

Legal name: Great Plains Food Bank | 1720 3rd Avenue N. | Fargo, ND 58102 | TAX-ID: 47-2229589

Legacy Planning

A legacy gift is the result of a donor’s careful consideration of several important factors.

  • The purpose or intent of the gift (family values and philanthropic plans)
  • The types of family assets used to fund the gift
  • The gift’s timing
  • The gift’s impact on your family tax obligations
  • The impact of the gift on the donor’s family members.

The Great Plains Food Bank can work in collaboration with you and your family’s financial advisor to provide information on planned gift opportunities that work best for your family’s needs and your philanthropic wishes.

Endowment Fund

A gift to the Great Plains Food Bank endowment fund establishes a lifetime partnership between you and hundreds of thousands of neighbors in need, who suffer from hunger. A gift can be made today at any level or it can be part of your final wishes, knowing your final legacy gift will help feed our most vulnerable seniors, children, and working families long after you are gone. The Great Plains Food Bank’s endowment fund is a professionally managed, permanent fund, where the principal amount is never spent and continues to grow with each donor gift, regardless of the gift amount.

We invite you to explore Endowment Fund gift opportunities at the Great Plains Food Bank if you are ready to help end hunger for good.

As we grow our endowment fund to $1 million before July 2025, a gift to the Legacy for Good Endowment Fund Drive ensures we can strategically end hunger for good, allowing our neighbors to thrive.

The Great Plains Food Bank’s endowment fund serves as a permanent source of financial support helping to address food insecurity through future hunger relief work that 1 in 5 of our North Dakota neighbors depend on, and deserve.

Gifts to the endowment fund, regardless of the amount, advance hunger-relief work for tomorrow, eventually ending hunger for good.

The Legacy for Good Endowment Fund Drive is an important next step in the Great Plains Food Bank’s vision to end hunger for good. This vision depends on key partnerships and collaborations, helping position the Great Plains Food Bank to end hunger through innovative programs and services well into the future.

North Dakota State Tax Credit for Charitable Giving

One of the most unique opportunities to make an endowment fund gift in North Dakota is the North Dakota State Tax Credit for Charitable Giving program. This program is unique to North Dakota and requires a minimum gift of $5,000 to be given to North Dakota charities like the Great Plains Food Bank. Gifts to this program are eligible for a 40% tax credit on YOUR state tax return, which can be spread over two or three years, depending on your tax filing status and other eligible deductions, up to the maximum allowed.

To be eligible for the tax credit, contribution(s) to the Great Plains Food Bank’s qualified endowment fund must total a minimum of $5,000 for the calendar tax year. The state tax credit you receive is 40% of the charitable gift allowed by the IRS up to a maximum of $10,000 per year, per taxpayer, or $20,000 per year, per couple filing jointly. Qualifying businesses can also receive a state tax credit of 40% up to a total of $10,000.

Depending on your tax bracket and other deductions, the illustration below may be different for each taxpayer. The table is for illustrative purposes and assumes a 32% tax bracket – income range of $164,926 to $209,425. .

Gift Amount $5,000 $10,000 $25,000 $50,000
Estimated Federal Tax Savings
N.D. State Income Tax Credit
Net Cost of Gift


A bequest documented in a Last Will & Testament is often the most common and realistic way for donors to make a significant contribution to their favorite charity. When creating your Last Will & Testament, you can make a real impact on hunger in North Dakota by naming the Great Plains Food Bank as a beneficiary in your Last Will & Testament. 


A Trust known as a Will Trust, also known as a Testamentary Trust, is created within your will allowing you to protect the property you hope to pass on to your loved ones or the Great Plains Food Bank.

Mineral Rights

Gifting mineral rights to the Great Plains Food Bank can be a life-changing legacy gift providing hope to our North Dakota neighbors suffering from hunger. This special gift can be listed in your estate plans or as an outright gift separate from your estate plans. With North Dakota known for its historical oil and gas industry, gifts of mineral rights have become an effective and common-giving vehicle in North Dakota. This type of gift helps many North Dakota families achieve their charitable giving goals while supporting the family income favorably. Designating the Great Plains Food Bank as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your land and/or mineral rights may also lower your income tax obligation.

Beneficiary Gifts

FAST FACT: Beneficiary gifts bypass probate court and supersede the Last Will & Testament directives, and go directly to the named beneficiary.

A beneficiary designation is the simplest way to make a legacy gift to the Great Plains Food Bank. Just name the Great Plains Food Bank as a full or partial beneficiary in one or more of the following giving options.

Retirement plans (401K, Roth IRA)

May enable you to avoid substantial income taxes and they can be set up anytime, even while you are working and still planning your retirement. The simplest way is to name the Great Plains Food Bank as the Primary Beneficiary. Consider using your IRS Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) as a first-time gift towards ending hunger.

Insurance policies

There are several ways to name the Great Plains Food Bank as a beneficiary of an insurance policy. The simplest way is to list the Great Plains Food Bank as the Primary Beneficiary on your policy.

Bank and Credit Union accounts

Designating the Great Plains Food Bank as the Primary Beneficiary of bank accounts, including checking, savings, certificates of deposits and other accounts is the simplest way to transfer ownership at the time of death, but still allows you full use of the accounts during your life. 

Appreciated Securities – Stocks and Mutual Funds

Designating the Great Plains Food Bank as the recipient of gifts of securities like stock and mutual fund shares enables you to realize tax benefits. Gifts of security can be especially appealing if you are holding shares that are appreciated significantly but yield a low dividend. If you own appreciated securities, like stocks or mutual funds held by you for more than one year, donating them to the Great Plains Food Bank may allow you to reduce or avoid more capital gains taxes and receive a federal income tax charitable deduction.

FAST FACT: The Great Plains Food Bank uses a professional wealth advisor from one of our business banking partners to help facilitate gifts of appreciated securities like stock and mutual fund shares.

Charitable gift annuity and trusts

FAST FACT: You can fund a charitable gift annuity with an irrevocable donation of cash, publicly-traded securities, or other assets, such as real estate, art, or collectibles.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A CGA is a contract between the donor and the Great Plains Food Bank in which the donor makes a gift to the Great Plains Food Bank. In exchange, the Great Plains Food Bank assumes a legal obligation to provide the donor (primary income beneficiary) and up to one additional beneficiary with a fixed amount of monthly income that continues until the last beneficiary dies. When you set up a charitable gift annuity, you can choose to receive income payments for both beneficiaries at the same time, or you can structure it so that payments to the second beneficiary begin only after the death of the primary beneficiary. After the death of the second income beneficiary, the charity receives the remaining value of the annuity.

FAST FACT: A charitable remainder trust allows you to donate generously to the charities of your choice while providing a tax break for yourself and your heirs.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A CRT is an irrevocable trust used to enable donors to give money or property to the Great Plains Food Bank while continuing to receive income from the property for life or for some time up to 20 years. The donor, and/or other beneficiaries (family) receive distributions from the trust annually, and the Great Plains Food Bank (the remainder beneficiary) receives the assets remaining in the trust when the trust ends. The donor gets an immediate income tax deduction for the remainder interest, defers or avoids capital gains tax on the donated assets, and gets gift or estate tax deductions for the remainder interest.

Charitable Lead Trust

A CLT is essentially a charitable remainder trust in reverse. First, the charity receives an income stream (the income interest), then, at the end of the specified trust term, which can be for a term of years, for the lifetime of the donor, or the lifetimes of the donor and the donor’s spouse, any income and principal remaining in the CLT (the remainder interest) can either revert back to the donor or pass to other non-charitable beneficiaries (family) named in the trust.

DISCLAIMER: Please consider this site as a resource to help with planning your legacy giving goals. The information provided on this webpage is for illustrative and recommendation purposes only. It should not be considered as legal advice on investment, accounting, or tax obligations. Please consult your wealth advisor or an attorney before making any final decisions.


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Information Collection

  • Personal Information You Choose to Provide In the process of general correspondence, making a gift, or participating in online surveys you may be asked to supply us with personal information, including your email address, postal address, home or work telephone number and other information. If you correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses. 
  • Website Use Information Similar to most websites, our site may utilize “cookies” and web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered may include the date and time of visits, pages viewed, time spent on our website, and the sites visited just before and just after ours. This information is collected on an aggregate basis; none of this information is associated with you as an individual.

How Do We Use Information 

  • That You Provide to Us? We use personal information for purposes of administering our not-for-profit business activities, providing service and support, and making available other information and services to our website visitors, guests, agency partners, advocates, contracted consultants, and approved vendors. We may use the information provided to notify you about important changes to our website, new services, or new information that supports your interest in hunger-relief. 
  • Collected From Cookies? We use cookies and web server logs to gather information about our website users’ browsing activities. This information assists us in designing and continually improving our web pages in the most user-friendly manner. We do not use these technologies to capture any personally identifying information.


  • How Do We Protect Your Information?
    • We utilize encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. 
    • Our operations and business practices are periodically reviewed for compliance with organization policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality and quality of our information. 
    • Our organization values ethical standards, policies and practices and is committed to the protection of user information. Our not-for-profit business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limits the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.
  • How Do We Secure Information Transmissions? All information transmitted through our website, giving pages, and forms are sent via secure, encrypted server. Other emails you send to us may not be secure; for that reason, we ask that you do not send confidential information such as Social Security, credit card, or account numbers to us through an unsecured email.
  • Do We Disclose Information to Outside Parties? We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information. We may provide aggregate information about our website visitors or website traffic patterns to our contracted affiliates or third parties; this information will not include personally identifying data, except as otherwise provided in this privacy policy. Personal information such as email and address may be shared with a contracted third party for the use of email dissemination and direct mail marketing; all third party vendors are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Legally Compelled Disclosure of Information? We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.

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  • The right to download and store or output the materials on our website is granted for personal use only, and materials may not be reproduced in any edited form. Any other reproduction, transmission, performance, display or editing of these materials by any means mechanical or electronic without our express written permission is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce any materials appearing on this site may contact us directly.

Your Access to and Control of Information 

  • You may request access to all of your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our donor constituent database, DonorPerfect. 
  • You may request removal from any communication including but not limited to emails, direct mail pieces, text and phone calls.
  • Because we do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information; opting out of such practices is optional and not required.

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Great Plains Food Bank
attn. Development Associate
1720 3rd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

Phone: 701-476-9120


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