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Make a Difference In The Lives That Follow

Every day, friends and neighbors are able to turn to non-profit organizations for needed support and services.

We rely on a variety of organizations to cure diseases, feed the hungry, educate our children, nurture our faith, present the arts, preserve our history, train our doctors, and shelter the homeless in West Virginia and across the nation. They rely on us for survival.While many non-profits receive some support from government agencies, the majority of their funding comes from the public — people like you who give generously throughout their lives. But did you know that by including a charitable gift in your will or estate plan, you can help to continue your favorite organization’s work well into the future? You can continue to make a difference in the lives that follow.

What you should know

You can make a legacy gift to your favorite charity. Whether you think of yourself as rich or poor, or somewhere in between, your gift can make a difference. Even a small amount can have a big impact over time. You can leave money to your family and to your favorite non-profit organization.

Some people think they must choose between leaving a gift to their family or their favorite non-profit. You can do both, and some charitable gifts may actually save your family money by decreasing inheritance taxes. I

t’s easy.

A simple gift provision in your Will can bring welcome support to an organization that will make a difference in many lives.

You can start now.

∫ Make sure you have an up-to-date will (or living trust) that reflects your charitable objectives. Without these documents, you surrender control of your property and assets to the courts.

∫ Contact your financial advisor (a financial planner, lawyer or accountant) and ask for help in establishing a charitable gift.

∫ Think beyond cash — you can leave stocks, real estate, insurance policies, and personal property to charitable organizations.

∫ Make your favorite non-profit organization a beneficiary of your life insurance, pension plan or IRA.

You give to make a difference in the lives of others.

When people are hurting, animals are endangered or the environment is threatened, you help. Your charitable gift touches those in need today.

The world’s problems aren’t easy to solve, but your gifts build solutions.

The non-profit organizations you support also touch the future. They will be creating your vision for a better world long after your lifetime. Their work, and the lives they touch, can be your legacy.

You can make a difference in the lives that follow. For more information about including a ch

aritable bequest in your will, contact your favorite charity, or a legal or financial advisor, or visit www.charitablegiftplannerswv.org, the website of Charitable Gift Planners of West Virginia.

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