The Spring 2012 edition of Austin Man Magazine has a great article on charitable donations. This article outlines six options for estate planning, such as establishing a family foundation or setting up will or trust bequests.
It's worth reading if you are interested in the variety of options you have as a donor.
If you are interested in donating to a particular charity, contact the Development Director to discuss options available for you. The Settlement Home, for example, has a Charitable Gift Annuity established at Austin Community Foundation.
No matter how you choose to support a non-profit, your gift will be appreciated for years to come!