Planned Giving

Simply stated, planned giving is a way for a donor to make a contribution to Family Services in the future that they may benefit from now, both financially as well as through tax deductions. A planned gift is a win/win situation by providing a possible increase in current assets to the donor, providing for heirs, while benefiting Family Services at a later time. Planned giving may also help the donor avoid capital gains and estate taxes.


Methods of Planned Giving

  • Bequest By Will:

    • A very easy choice and can be changed at any time. You can leave cash, securities, real estate, objects of art, or any other real estate property.

  • Gift of Life Insurance:

    • Some of our supporters find that they no longer need life insurance that was purchased years ago to provide for children or other family members. If you find yourself in this situation, please consider donating the policy to Family Services. You may claim a charitable deduction for approximately the policy's cash surrender value and the proceeds are completely removed from your estate.

  • Life Estate Reserved:

    • A donor gifts his/her home to Family Services, but still lives at the residence. The donor is responsible for upkeep and insurance, but receives a tax deduction and may avoid estate taxes.

  • Family Lead Trust:

    • This trust makes payments to Family Services for a number of years with no income tax deduction. All assets return to the family at end of term. A good choice for the donor who wants to leave as much as possible to their family and pay as little gift and estate tax as possible.


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