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Your investment in RMI is helping to create a better planet and a brighter future–one powered by clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy. We are grateful to all of our donors for their generous support.

Ways to Donate to RMI

By Cash, Check or Credit Card

      1. Online: Supporting RMI with a cash gift can be easily done online using your credit card. You can further simplify your giving while making a meaningful impact through a recurring gift, which can be set up as a monthly or quarterly gift with a credit card. Learn More
      2. With Your PayPal Account: If you have an account, pay easily and conveniently through PayPal here.
      3. Automatic Account Deduction: Set up a monthly transfer directly from your bank account by contacting our development team.
      4. By Mail: Mail your tax deductible contribution to Rocky Mountain Institute, 2490 Junction Place, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80302

Leave a Legacy

Name RMI in your will and ensure that your charitable support will fuel RMI’s approach to energy solutions in perpetuity. Make a simple designation or create a revocable trust that will create charitable opportunities for your children and grandchildren. Leave a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or what remains after other bequests have been satisfied. For more information and to discuss legacy giving, please contact our development team.

Make a Gift in Someone’s Honor

A charitable gift to RMI is a great way to make lasting impact and to honor a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, or other important milestone. And it’s the perfect gift for that person who is passionate about the health of our planet. There are several ways you can honor a loved one through your gift to RMI:

      • Make a gift in someone’s honor: Through our online form, noting the honoree’s name in the provided field. Learn More
      • Establish a memorial fund: Made in the memory of a departed individual. Contact our development team to discuss your goals.
      • Contribute through RMI memorial funds: The Eric Konheim Memorial Fund, and Greg Franta Leadership Fund were established to honor two passionate individuals who gave to RMI in very different, but significant and meaningful ways.

Publicly Traded or Closely Held Securities

A gift of stock is a convenient way to support RMI’s work. If you wish to make a gift of restricted, closely held or other non-publicly traded securities, please contact us for instructions on what additional information may be needed. RMI can accept:

      • Securities held in a brokerage account
      • Securities registered in your name
      • Mutual funds

A donation of closely held securities must be reviewed before acceptance to ensure that there are no restrictions or considerations that will prevent the Institute from converting assets to cash or that it will not generate undesirable tax consequences. Contact our development team by email, or call 303-567-8632 for our brokerage account information to transfer a gift of stock to RMI.

Retirement Plan Assets

Consider passing on other assets to your heirs and use retirement assets to support the work of RMI. Avoid exorbitant taxes by making an outright gift of retirement assets.

Life Insurance

A simple way to make an impactful gift to RMI is to donate a life insurance policy. Consider buying a policy on your life for the benefit of RMI. You can then make tax-deductible contributions to RMI to cover the cost of the premiums. Or, consider donating an existing policy that you no longer need. You will receive a charitable deduction based on the replacement value or your cost, whichever is less.

Real Estate

Do you own real estate that has appreciated over the years? Why not turn property gains into good? Donate a vacation home, rental properties, raw or undeveloped land, farmland, a personal residence, or commercially developed land to help drive a clean energy future. Thirty percent of the fair market value of a real estate gift (up to 30% of AGI) is tax deductible. A gift of real estate to RMI will offer the opportunity to realize your charitable dreams while enjoying substantial tax and financial benefits.

Tax Benefits

When you make a gift to RMI, you receive the full tax advantages available by law for gifts to public charities. Donors are able to avoid capital gains tax for gifts of appreciated assets, and donors’ estate tax liability may be reduced. As a contributor to RMI, you will enjoy preferential tax treatment in the following ways:

RMI’s tax ID number is 74-2244146

Cash, Check, or Credit Card

Deductible up to 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), with a five-year carryover for any unused portion.

Publicly Traded Securities (Long Term Capital Gain Property)

Fair market value deduction up to 30% of your AGI, with a five-year carryover for any unused portion.

Closely Held Stock

Fair market value deduction up to 30% of your AGI, with a five-year carryover for any unused portion. Exemption on capital gains tax on appreciation.

Real Estate

Fair market value deduction up to 30% of your AGI, with a five-year carryover for any unused portion. Exemption on capital gains tax on appreciation.

IRAs and other Retirement Funds

Estate tax deduction for value of donation and no ordinary income tax or capital gains tax due on retirement assets.