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Create a legacy and fulfill your charitable goals

Your legacy matters. It reflects your values and tells your story for generations to come.

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How can you ensure your impact lasts beyond your lifetime? Include charity in your estate plans and support the causes, organizations or our community for the long term.

Crafting a plan can be rewarding and fulfilling. The Community Foundation can simplify the process by helping you create a legacy plan that not only aligns with your values and goals, but also remains flexible throughout your life. We start by asking a few primary questions:

  • What charitable organizations or causes are important to you?
  • What impact do you want to make?
  • What community and/or region do you want to benefit?
  • How long do you want your impact to last? Would you like your legacy gift to continue in perpetuity or have a time horizon?
  • Do you wish to engage loved ones with your legacy giving?

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With answers to these core questions, the Community Foundation’s top priority is to steward your philanthropic legacy and ensure your charitable goals are fulfilled. Any individual or family may create a legacy fund as part of a will, through a bequest, beneficiary designation or another planned gift.

Ready to take the next step in planning your legacy? Contact us to assist you in creating a charitable legacy plan that reflects your values. Together, we can make a lasting difference!

Michelle Lippart Hardwick

Michelle Lippart Hardwick is the Community Foundation’s Director of Gift Planning.

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One Response to Create a legacy and fulfill your charitable goals

  • Mike Van Asten says:

    Well written article, Michelle. A useful list of primary questions for individuals beginning to discern his or her long-term impact on our community. Such contemplation followed by action usually leads to a life rich with purpose and meaning

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