Leaving a Legacy
You’ve lived your life giving of your time, your talents, and your money because you know that giving matters. You’ve made room in your busy life for your passion – be it the arts, political activism, animals, children, education, social justice, or the protection of the environment. Your giving matters today, and your giving will especially matter tomorrow.
Legacy Giving does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy Giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference by identifying a charitable organization in your will or estate plan. Legacy giving is easy. It only takes a plan.
How To Leave a Legacy
A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways you can leave a lasting impact on the community.
What are the Benefits of Your Bequest?
- Receive estate tax charitable deduction
- Lessen the burden of taxes on your family
- Leave a lasting legacy
How Do You Make a Bequest?
With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends, or the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys as part of your estate plan.
What Are Your Bequest Options?
A bequest may be made in several ways:
- Gift of a percentage of your estate
- Gift of a specific dollar amount or asset
- Gift from the balance or residue of your estate
How Do You Make a Bequest of Your Retirement Assets?
A retirement asset, such as an IRA account, is an excellent and easy bequest. If the IRA were given to your family, much of the value may be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating CFFK as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA, the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.
Suggested Language for Bequests
When making or revising a will, a donor should obtain the assistance of a professional tax advisor, an attorney, or other professional advisor. The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is pleased to work with you and your advisor. If you have a will in place, the following are examples of suggested language that you might use for making various types of bequests.
1. Outright bequest in will
a. Specific dollar amount:
“I bequeath the sum of $_____ to the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys to be held, administered or used of as its Board of Governors in its sole discretion deems appropriate.”
b. Specific property (personal property or estate):
“I I give and devise all of my right, title and interest in and to (description of property) to the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys to be held, administered, used or disposed of as its Board of Governors in its sole discretion deems appropriate.”
c. Share of, or entire residue, of estate:
“I devise and bequeath (all or _____%) of the remainder of my property to the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys to be held, administered, used or disposed of as its Board of Governors in its sole discretion deems appropriate.”
2. Other Conditions
If the gift to CFFK is for a purpose other than the Community Foundation’s unrestricted use, insert the restriction in place of the words “to be held, administered, used or disposed of as its Board of Governors in its sole discretion deems appropriate.”
“”I bequeath the sum of $_____ to the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys for the following use and purpose: (description of purpose. For example: a field of interest, creation of a scholarship fund, or designated organization).”
Making a Planned Gift Through the Community Foundation
Whether you’re a Donor or a Professional Advisor working with a client, it’s easy to partner with the Community Foundation to make a charitable gift through an estate plan. Click here for How to Make a Planned Gift Through the Community Foundation to see how we can work together to become your Philanthropic Partner (including our guiding principles, step-by-step process, and FAQs for Donors and Professional Advisors).
As a member of CFFK’s Legacy Society you can express your wishes today and know with confidence that they will be honored by the Foundation. Simply notify CFFK of your Statement of Intent.
As a member of The Legacy Society, you join other members of our community who are passionate about the future wellbeing of the place we call paradise, the Florida Keys. Additionally, you will receive all CFFK mailings and newsletters, as well as special recognition at Foundation events, unless you wish to remain anonymous. The greatest reward is the confidence of knowing that your legacy will be carried forward for years to come.
The CFFK Legacy Society recognizes the generous spirit of individuals who have notified the Community Foundation of their intent to include CFFK in their will or other deferred giving plan. Click here for more information on how to become a Legacy Society Member.
LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS
- Jon Allen
- Bill and Jane Andersen
- Ray Baker and Joe Viana
- Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt
- Chris Belland
- Rick Boettger and Cynthia Edwards
- Ron and Joyce Burd
- Caroline Cash
- Tom and Cathy Cawley
- Dr. Stanley Coira
- Betty Desbiens
- Ken and Margaret Domanski
- George Fontana
- Nance Frank
- Shirley Freeman and Harvey W. Server
- Kelly Friend
- Dolly Garlo and Robert Keeley
- Todd German
- Elaine K. Ginsberg
- Drs. William and Beverly Goldner
- Bryan Green and Tony Konrath
- Fred and Linda Greenberg
- Roger and Marny Heinen
- Matthew Helmerich and Jeff Harwell
- Larry and Kay Hirsch
- Ashley Hoyt
- Richard P. Jones
- Rita Kemp
If you have named CFFK as the beneficiary in your estate plan, please contact us.