In life, most people require some kind of assistance whether it's physical, financial or spiritual. Perhaps a local church congregation or food bank supplied meals during a tough time. Maybe you were given a scholarship that made the dream of college possible. You or a loved on may have been shown especially compassionate care in the hospital during an illness or injury.
And during life's struggles, we are often reminded that more must be done to continue positive, humane acts of kindness, and to sustain programs for personal enrichment. We wish more funding were available for medical research, for domestic abuse shelters, or a treasured arts or music program.
Charitable organizations need financial assistance form people like you to continue their work. More than 80 percent of Americans contribute to the nonprofit groups of their choice throughout their lifetimes. But according to research conducted in 2000, only around eight percent of people chose to continue this support through a charitable bequest.
By making bequests and other "planned gifts," you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in your community.
What better way to thank the people or organizations that have had an impact on your life, than to make a contribution from your estate through a bequest?
Gifts large and small are important. Charitable giving is not only for the wealthy! By naming a nonprofit organization in your will or estate, you have the capacity to foster and continue the values important to you and your family. And you're helping to serve your community by sustaining the quality of life that makes your community and Iowa an appealing place to live, work and raise families.
Estate giving provides a means of answering the basic question, "What did I do to make the world a better place than I found it?"
Even a modest bequest can mean a great deal toward helping an organization continue its important work. What better way to complete the circle of life?
Your non-profit agency can become a Partner by logging on to the LEAVE A LEGACY® Iowa website, www.leavealegacyiowa.org, and downloading the Partner form. Dues are $150 per year, half of which is allocated to our local efforts. Professional Advisors may waive their dues if they are already a member of one of the Iowa Planned Giving Councils.