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Training, Education & Research Institute Announces Progressive Real Estate Donation Program.

San Diego, CA, February 23, 2011 --( The Training, Education & Research Institute (TERI, Inc.), a non-profit center of excellence and social change for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families, is thrilled to announce the commencement of its Real Estate Power Program, spearheaded by John De Michele, TERI's chief development officer, and Lynda Sands, an expert attorney on the philanthropic transfer of wealth.

"Real estate assets comprise over 35 percent (35%) of the assets of U.S. households," said John De Michele, chief development officer, TERI, Inc. "Yet only an estimated three percent (3%) of charitable giving in recent years has come from real estate gifts. 1.Charities and professional advisors are increasingly recognizing the need to explore the potential of real estate opportunities to achieve philanthropic objectives."

The Real Estate Power Program provides donors the opportunity to use charitable remainder trusts to donate their property to TERI. The use of a charitable remainder trust can reduce tax liabilities and provide charitable contribution deductions. Through proper execution of charitable remainder trusts, property value can be passed to TERI tax free.

Cheryl Kilmer, founder and CEO of TERI, Inc., added, "The Real Estate Power Program ensures maximum tax benefits for donors and TERI, while also helping donors through the facilitation of charitable remainder trusts. TERI's Real Estate Power Program is an integral part of the completion of the Charles R. Cono Campus for Life Quality, a central campus for our model programs and initiatives that will help us in continuing our mission of creating the highest quality of life for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities."

TERI's Real Estate Power Program is under the direction of the TERI Real Estate Advisory Committee and supported by Lynda Sands, a leading attorney in North America on the philanthropic transfer of wealth, the first woman president of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council, founding president of San Francisco Women Tax Lawyers, and the author of six books on planned giving.

Attorneys, brokers, developers, financial advisors and professionals in related fields with an interest in discussing benefits for clients and volunteering to assist TERI in the acquisition of real estate gifts are invited to contact De Michele at (760) 721-1706 or To learn more about TERI, its model programs and initiatives, the Charles R. Cono Campus for Life Quality, or to give a gift, please visit

About the Training, Education & Research Institute (TERI, Inc.):

Founded in 1980, TERI, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 California corporation. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities, specializing in serving individuals who have needs which cannot be met by other existing programs. TERI looks to the future by continuing its commitment to set new standards through establishing model programs, conducting applied research in best practices and procedures and offering training and consultation to professionals, families, and community members. Recognized as a model program in the State of California for the quality of services it provides to its clients, TERI relies on donations from the community and foundations in order to continue to set the highest standards and ensure an uncompromised quality of life to its population. For more information, visit


1.Bidwell, Dennis. "Real Estate Gifts in Challenging Times." The Planned Giving Design Center. 2009.

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Jesse Garner

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