What you need to know

How to Make a Lasting Gift

Learn about what you need to know to make a lasting gift in your will to the Salvation Army.

How should you start?

It’s probably best to begin by explaining to your family that you are thinking about leaving a gift in your will to The Salvation Army. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your family and friends are taken care of first.

If you already have a will, review it occasionally to make sure it meets your family’s current needs. If you need to make minor changes only, you can add a codicil (that’s a technical word for ‘extra instructions’) to your will. If you do not have a will, talk to your lawyer or another trusted advisor about having one prepared. The Salvation Army strongly recommends that you seek professional advice in this very important matter.

Contact a Salvation Army Gift Advisor to learn more about how a gift in your will can enhance your estate planning. They’re friendly, knowledgeable, and discreet. They’re here to listen to you, answer your questions and even help you determine, if you wish, which Salvation Army programs might benefit most from your support.

Here are some important things you should know as you make your decision:

  • If you do not have a will, the government could decide how your estate will be divided.
  • A will gives peace of mind to your loved ones after your death. Your family and friends will know your exact wishes; they won’t have the additional stress of wondering what you would have wanted.
  • You should appoint a trustworthy friend or relative as your executor. An executor will carry out the wishes you have made in your will.

Leaving a gift in your will means…

  • You’ll make a lasting gift.
  • You’ll help people in need.
  • You’ll leave the world a better place.

You don’t have to be a lawyer to leave a gift in your will. You don’t have to be a tax accountant either. Most important, you don’t have to be rich to make a true difference. Rest assured, a Salvation Army Gift Advisor can provide you and your advisor with information to guide you through the process of leaving a gift in your will – once you’ve made the decision to do so.