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When you make a gift to Riggs, its impact is felt in our therapeutic community and beyond. It ripples out and multiplies with every patient whose life is changed, every professional who trains here, and through research, scholarship, and best practices shared in the broader professional community.

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Riggs patient molding clay into an art piece

Riggs accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Make your credit card gift securely using the form below.

Gift Designations

There are a few critical areas where you can direct your gift to support our mission.
Riggs’s Greatest Needs
When you designate your gift for general support, you enable us to put your gift to use quickly, where it is most needed and where the impact is greatest. This fund supports the full continuum of our programs and services, from patient care, to maintaining our buildings and grounds, to all the intangibles that make Riggs an open and inclusive community in which to work and heal.
Patient Aid
Gifts for patient aid make a profound difference for families deciding whether they can afford to choose Riggs and for patients who need to extend their stay longer, in order to fully benefit from our therapeutic program. Our goal each year is to support those patients who lack sufficient resources, covering up to 30 percent of the cost of treatment.
Education and Research
Integral to the Riggs mission, the Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy is committed to psychoanalytic education, research, community engagement, and advocacy. Gifts designated for education and research allow us to offer post-doctoral Fellowship opportunities, lectures, workshops, training, conferences, community outreach, and internships. We are also able to engage with researchers and scholars from all over the world.
Ways to Give
We are grateful for all charitable giving to Riggs, as each gift helps empower another person to take charge of their life. If you have any questions about make a gift, please contact Lisa Lewis, director of development and alumni relations, at giving@austenriggs.net.
Credit Card or Check
Make an online gift via PayPal using our secure form.

Make your check payable to “Austen Riggs Center” and mail to:
Development Office
Austen Riggs Center
PO Box 962
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Wire Transfer
Please include the donor's name and any details or instructions regarding the gift of cash being transferred to the Austen Riggs Center:
Lee Bank
75 Park Street
PO Box 627
Lee, MA 01238-0627
Phone 413.243.9235
RE: Austen Riggs Center
ABA #: 211870870
Acct #: 0000028748
Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Making a gift of appreciated stock can be more advantageous to you than giving cash. If you give stock that you have held more than one year, you receive a charitable deduction for its full fair market value, and you realize no capital gains. If you donate stock held one year or less, your charitable deduction is limited to your cost basis. The value of your gift for both your charitable deduction and gift crediting purposes is the average market value of the shares on the date of transfer. If you plan to make a gift of securities, please email us at giving@austenriggs.net.
Stock Certificates
Physical issues should be sent via registered mail to:

The Northern Trust Company
Attn: Trade Securities Processing
801 South Canal C1-N Chicago, IL 60607
RE: Austen Riggs Center Account #: A4490356

Stock Contribution
Depository Trust Company
The Northern Trust Company Trust Department
Participant # 2669
RE: Austen Riggs Center Account #: A4490356
Mutual Funds
Please include the following for all mutual funds:

Mutual Fund Name
Cusip Number or Ticker Symbol
Number of shares or dollar amount
Please provide the name of current custodian/broker/bank, contact name, and phone number
Account number shares are held in
Donor’s Name

The process to transfer mutual funds takes approximately 15 business days. Once Northern Trust receives a gift of security they will notify the Austen Riggs Center of the gift. If at any time you have questions about the gifting process please contact the Northern Trust (NT) Client Advisor, Melina Arce at 312.630.0734 or mla5@ntrs.com
Donor Advised Fund Gifts
A gift through a donor advised fund is an excellent way to support Riggs and receive tax benefits. Please contact the sponsor of your donor advised fund and recommend a grant to the Austen Riggs Center.
Planned Giving
As you review and update your financial plans, we hope you will consider providing for Riggs through a bequest, trust, retirement plan, life insurance, or gift of real estate. And if you have already included Riggs in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can thank you personally and welcome you into our 1919 Society.

Among the most popular planned gifts:

Bequest
A will provision allows you to provide Riggs substantial financial support without diminishing the assets available to you during your lifetime. Since bequests are deductible from your taxable estate, significant tax savings may be possible. Another common way to provide testamentary support for Riggs is through a provision in your revocable trust.

We provide donors and their advisors with sample language to facilitate this type of gift. We also encourage donors to consider naming Austen Riggs as a beneficiary of retirement plans or similar assets, which would otherwise produce income in respect of a decedent for their heirs. The following sample language is suitable for both will provisions and codicils:

I give, devise and bequeath __________________________________ (insert dollar amount, percentage of your residuary estate, or property to be given) to the Austen Riggs Center, a not-for-profit corporation located at 25 Main Street, P.O. Box 962, Stockbridge, MA, 01262 for its general charitable purposes.
Charitable Remainder Trust

You can use an irrevocable trust to provide yourself and/or a loved one with a fixed annual income or an income that varies with the value of the trust. Part of your gift qualifies for an income tax deduction. At the death of the last income beneficiary, the corpus of the trust is distributed to Riggs.


Charitable Lead Trust
You can support Riggs and other charities for a term of years or for the life of an individual by creating a charitable lead trust. Income will be paid to Riggs each year during the term of the trust. When the trust terminates, the assets in the trust revert to you or to individuals you wish to benefit.


Retirement Plan
Naming Riggs a partial or full remainder beneficiary of your retirement plan is easy, inexpensive, and beneficial from a tax standpoint. Distributions to Riggs from your retirement plan are not taxed, since Riggs is a tax-exempt organization, while distributions to you or your heirs from a retirement plan are usually fully taxable as ordinary income.


Life Insurance
When you give a life insurance policy to Riggs, the cash surrender value of the policy or the cost of a replacement policy is deductible as a charitable contribution. Premiums paid after your gift are also deductible. Riggs may be named a full or partial beneficiary of your policy, while you maintain ownership. This approach is similar to a bequest provision in your will.


Real Estate
A residence or other real property may be given as an outright gift, or you may give your residence, farm, or vacation home and retain the right to occupy it for life. You get a charitable deduction in the year in which you arrange your gift.

For more options and further information, please contact the Development Office at giving@austenriggs.net.
Matching Gifts
You may be able to double or triple your gift to Riggs if the company you work for has a matching gift program. Check with your employer’s Human Resources office. Send the matching gift form provided by your employer to:

Development Office
Austen Riggs Center
PO Box 962
Stockbridge MA 01262

Austen Riggs will give you credit for both your gift and your company’s match. (On your income tax return, you may only deduct the portion you contribute.)
Gifts-In-Kind
Austen Riggs accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its mission. Gifts-in-kind may include, but are not limited to, works of art, scientific equipment, books, real estate, etc. Please contact the Development Office, at giving@austenriggs.net for more information.
Donor Recognition
Our Benefactor Circle and 1919 Society are two of the ways we recognize and honor a select group of donors.
Benefactor Circle
With annual gifts of $1,000 or more, members of the Benefactor Circle provide leadership support for the mission of the Austen Riggs Center. While Riggs values gifts of any amount, this group merits special acknowledgment.
1919 Society
Riggs has received many generous bequests and other estate donations that have helped build an endowment, fund increased financial aid for patients, and secure the Fellowship training program. The 1919 Society recognizes and honors those who have provided for Riggs in their estate plans. There are a number of ways to plan a gift that provides generously for Riggs while at the same time providing your estate with significant tax benefits and helping you meet other financial planning needs.
Donor Bill of Rights
A declaration of the rights of donors to any and all nonprofit organizations and causes, to ensure the confidence of those donors and the trust of the general public.
Bill of Rights
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

Adopted 1993
Copyright © 2013 AFP (and others). All rights reserved.

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For more information on supporting the mission of Austen Riggs, or answers to any questions, please feel free to contact us.