Granary Endowment Fund

The Center for Rural Affairs is unapologetically rural. We act on rural values of fairness and justice for rural people, care for the land and water, widespread ownership of farms and businesses, citizen responsibility for community, and commitment to the common good.

We have worked for more than 45 years upholding these values. Our Granary endowment advances these timeless values. Our goal is to increase the endowment from $6 million to $12 million. This will allow the Center for Rural Affairs to have enough annual endowment income to pursue the most promising paths and urgent issues for rural America. Together, we will empower generations to come.

How can you help build a better future for rural America?

  • 5 percent for timeless values - Including the Granary endowment in your estate planning for 5 percent of the value of your estate is a simple way to leave a legacy for a strong rural America. Bequests are generally deductible for estate and gift tax purposes.
  • Gifts of life insurance - If you have a policy for which the original insuring purpose no longer exists, naming the Granary as owner and beneficiary is another way to provide substantial support for the campaign. If the policy is paid-up, you’ll earn a deduction equal to the policy’s cost basis.
  • Life estate agreement - This enables you to make a gift of your residence or farm to the Granary while retaining the right to live there and use the property for life. You’re entitled to a current tax deduction equal to the value of the remainder interest in the property.
  • Charitable lead trust - An ideal method for higher-income individuals to make substantial annual gifts to the Granary endowment and eliminate estate and gift taxes.
  • Hank Rohling Land Legacy Program - Land access is one of the biggest hurdles for beginning farmers. Our new land legacy program named after Hank Rohling, a dear staff member, helps beginning sustainable farmers gain access to land. With your help, we will offer rental discounts and sales on favorable terms to help keep them profitable.
  • Other gifts - You can also consider immediate gifts such as cash or appreciated securities and a full range of planned gifts like bequests, retirement plans, and real estate (including immediate gift, life estate, bequest, and bargain sale).

The Granary Foundation was created by the Center for Rural Affairs to serve the financial needs of the Center. It is a "support corporation," with the sole purpose of benefiting the Center for Rural Affairs. Its board of directors has fiduciary responsibility for the Granary Endowment Fund. The Foundation's board of directors, all volunteers, are chosen by the Center's board of directors. Thus the Center has full authority over the Granary Foundation.

To find out more about what your endowment gift can do for rural America, contact Nick Bergin at 402.687.2100 or