You don’t have to be rich and famous to make a contribution that will change lives. The reality is that most charitable bequests are made by ordinary, hardworking, thoughtful people who have a desire to make a positive difference in their community after they’re gone. Whoever you are, whatever you’re personal or financial situation, you can do something amazing for the world by remembering your favorite charity in your will.
Charities improve lives through the work they do, be it through providing social services, supporting arts and culture, alleviating social injustices or seeking to eradicate disease. Charitable legacies are not just the foundation for many good causes, they are vital for the sustainability and future growth of these organizations.
Including a charity in your will is a significant way to bring dignity, meaning and purpose to a life well lived. And what better way to thank an organization that has had a direct impact on your life or the life of a family member, close friend or colleague than by making a gift through your estate?
It doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Most charities have sample language readily available to assist you in easily creating a legacy of compassion that will be remembered well into the future. It’s recommended that you work with your professional adviser (lawyer, financial adviser, accountant, etc.) to best determine the type of gift you should leave, as each has its own tax benefits.
After caring for your loved ones, consider leaving a gift in support of a cause that is dear to your heart. Your bequest, no matter the size, could be the necessary seed for change!
Here at The Salvation Army, we are extremely grateful to our legacy donors whose generosity enables us to continue providing essential services and compassionate care to individuals facing poverty, addiction, homelessness, abuse and other serious situations.