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Gift Giving Contributions

There are many different ways to make a financial contribution to Salem's Riverfront Carousel.  

Depending upon the type of gift, there are different tax and estate planning implications.  Some donations take place in the present form
(e.g. gifts of cash, securities, real estate) while other donations (e.g. wills, life insurance, life income gifts) typically fall into the category of planned gifts.  To learn more information about how to support Salem's Riverfront Carousel please contact Marie Bradford at 503-540-0374 ext 302 or

 Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, a nonprofit organization (501.c.3 ID # 91-1815668), was handcrafted between 1995-2001 and is distinctly Oregon themed with various State symbols as part of its artistic attraction. All of the items, including the animals were and are ‘adopted’ with sponsorship and support from our local community.  We strive to keep the dream alive by embracing our global community, promoting tourism/volunteerism, providing cultural/educational opportunity/events/programming, and continuing business/agency partnering. Our goal remains to inspire creative living, community cohesiveness, cooperation, diversity, inclusion, imagination and fun, for generations to come!

To help us Keep the Dream Alive, make a donation now.

Board of Directors

Cassandra Ferder - Chair

Sue Thompson- Vice Chair

Lois Cole - Treasurer

Maggie Sather - Secretary


Cathy Daniels

Naomi Dwyer

Darr Goss

Don Herman

Tom Rohlfing

Ozzie Rose

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Gift Giving Ideas:

Gifts of Cash

Cash contributions are deductible as an itemized deduction in the year you make the donation, up to a total of 50% of your adjusted gross income.  Excess charitable deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional years.


Gifts of Securities

The best stocks to donate are those that have increased in value, particularly those producing a low yield.  In order to preserve tax advantages, it is critical that you transfer the physical securities to Salem's Riverfront Carousel rather than the proceeds from a sale.


Appreciated Securities

If you donate appreciated stock that youve held for more than one year, you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction and are entitled to a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock.  (Your income tax deduction is limited to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income.  Any excess can be carried forward for five additional years.)  If you wish to continue investing in a specific stock, you could donate the stock to Salem's Riverfront Carousel and then use cash to purchase shares with the same company, thus increasing your cost basis to current fair market value.


Depreciated Securities

If you have stock losses, generally you should not contribute the stock, but rather sell the stock yourself to realize the loss for tax purposes.  You can then contribute the cash to Salem's Riverfront Carousel and take a charitable deduction.


Mutual Funds

A charitable contribution of mutual fund shares can provide the same tax advantages as a gift of appreciated stock.  Due to the complexities involved in the transfer of mutual fund shares, we encourage you to begin the process well before December 31.


Gifts of Real Estate

If you own property that is not subject to a mortgage and has appreciated in value, a charitable gift may be an attractive option.  You can claim an income tax deduction based on the fair market value of the property, avoid all capital gains taxes and remove that asset from your taxable estate.  Or, you can transfer your home, farm or vacation rental to Salem's Riverfront Carousel now and continue to use the property for the rest of your life.  Due to the complexities involved, we encourage you to contact us to discuss any gift of real estate.

All of us who donate our time, talent, and energy to keep the Carousel dream alive have given a tremendous gift.


But did you know that anyone can leave a lasting gift to the Carousel?  


For more information about these and other ways you can leave a lasting legacy for Salem's Riverfront Carousel, please contact Marie Bradford-Blevins, Executive Director at 

503-540-0374, ext 302 or

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