Ways to Make a Planned Gift to Easter Seals and Join the Legacy Society

Make a Bequest

Bequests are important legacies to provide for the future of Easter Seals.  In your will, you may leave a specific dollar amount, a percentage of an estate or the residual of an estate following the provision for family members.  Please check with your financial advisor about other gifts through wills that would be advantageous to your loved ones as well as Easter Seals.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity pays the donor a fixed income for life, a portion of which is non-taxable.  Donors receive full credit of the fair market value of the gift along with a charitable deduction.
Donate a Gift of Stock

Stocks or other investments that have grown in value and that you have held for more than one year can become a substantial gift made at a low net cost to you.  You receive a charitable deduction and you avoid all federal capital gains tax that would otherwise be due on a sale of the assets. 

Charitable remainder trust

A charitable remainder trust involves setting up a trust that, at the end of its term, distributes all or part of the principal to Easter Seals.  The donor or beneficiary receives income for the term of the trust, avoids immediate capital gains on appreciated long-term assets transferred into the trust, and can claim a charitable income tax deduction computed according to the terms.

Make an Endowed Gift

Endowed gifts are those that Easter Seals holds in trust, in perpetuity.  Funds are invested and part of the average annual investment income supports the programs specified by the donor.

Gifts of Real and Personal Property

Gifts of property can be a convenient way to make a sizable gift to Easter Seals.  Federal tax laws encourage the gift of securities, real and personal property by permitting donors to make a charitable contribution deduction for gifts in support of the Easter Seals mission.

Carrying on Your Interest with a Named Fund

A named fund can extend the joy of giving to future generations of your family members.  Named funds can be established to memorialize or recognize your family, friends or loved ones perpetuating the memory of others by helping thousands. Donors may choose to designate their gift to specific initiatives such as early education, autism, adult day services, medical rehabilitation, equipment or operations.