Rich and Judi Benimeli Donate to Mote First, Then Volunteer
Stingrays in the Aquarium – one of the favorite exhibits of the Benimelis
Rich and Judi Benimeli are different than other Mote donors. Usually folks learn about Mote's research and public education after becoming volunteers in the Aquarium, the Goldstein Marine Mammal Center, the Laboratory, the Education Center or in another Mote endeavor. They become impressed with the quality and dedication of all our staff members and their openness to the volunteers and then decide to include Mote in their will or trust agreement.
Maybe the Benimeli's backgrounds help explain why they did things the other way around. Rich and Judi are from New Jersey. They moved to Florida in December of 1994. Rich is a college graduate, with a master's degree in computer science. Judi worked in college administration in New Jersey and is now retired. Rich is an American-born son of a Spanish immigrant, whose family name is from the town of Benimeli on Spain's Mediterranean Coast. He is retired from his own computer company that specializes in program design and customized apps for small companies.
Rich and Judi are the kind of people who through education, life work and natural propensity are socially responsible, so it is no surprise that Mote's mission has also become their mission.
If you, too, believe that science leads the way to protect and sustain all marine life, you're a natural to become a member of the Mote Legacy Society. There are many ways to plan a gift to Mote Marine Laboratory, including a charitable remainder trust, which gives you a stream of income for life and leaves Mote a gift afterward.
Donations help us rehabilitate sick animals, answer questions about the health of our marine environment and teach the public more about our oceans.
Every member of Mote's Legacy Society has their own connections to Mote—their own reasons for giving, but we all have one thing in common: Our belief in Mote and our desire to support its future. And that makes us all part of the Mote Family. I try to share that Mote message with my friends and family—and know other Legacy Society Members do, too. That way, our 'family reunion' at next year's Legacy Society breakfast will be even bigger.
Supporting Mote is one of the best things one can do to keep our oceans alive and well.
A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.
an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan
The official bequest language for Mote Marine Laboratory is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Mote Marine Laboratory [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."
able to be changed or cancelled
A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.
cannot be changed or cancelled
tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient
the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation
the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase
the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on
The person receiving the gift annuity payments.
the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid
a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will
the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will
A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Mote or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.
An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.
Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.
Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.
Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Mote as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Mote as a lump sum.
A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.
A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Mote where you agree to make a gift to Mote and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.