As the year winds down, people who can afford to make charitable donations should consider an attractive offer from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The trust has a nifty tax incentive that allows someone to make two donations for the price of one. Here's how it works: Make a contribution to any of 1,300 cultural organizations in the state. Follow that gift with a matching contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust. When you file your taxes, you can claim the entire contribution to the trust as a tax credit - your taxes will be reduced by that amount.
If you give $150 to the Artists Repertory Theatre and $100 to Lan Su Chinese Garden, then you can donate $250 to the Oregon Cultural Trust and get $250 back on your taxes. The trust then churns those donations back into local cultural groups.
To donate online, visit www.culturaltrust.org , or call the trust at 503-986-0088. Move quickly, the 2010 offer ends Friday.