Planned giving is the process of thoughtfully including a charitable gift in your estate plans. It is a method of establishing your legacy of support for the organization you love while providing for your current financial needs. You can help ensure that the American Legion Auxiliary has a lasting impact for the generations that follow by providing for the continuation of our many programs and services that enhance the lives of those we serve.The American Legion Auxiliary’s purpose has always been philanthropic in its vision to give back to those who have given so much in order to preserve freedom in our great nation.For nearly 100 years we have stood by veterans, servicemembers and their families, providing in times of need, supporting in times of sorrow and celebrating in times of joy. We have witnessed those we serve respond, rebound and reclaim a positive view of life. That’s why we are so passionate about the work we do and why we ask you to share that passion through planned giving, the ultimate expression of Service Not Self. Philanthropy and individual gifts have been essential in shaping the history of our organization, and these contributions will have an important role in its promising future. Your actions now can have a profound impact in the life of another person. And you can help contribute to that future by including the American Legion Auxiliary in your estate and other financial preparations.
People of all backgrounds, education and income levels rely on a variety of planned giving methods to provide for their loved ones as well as support beloved charities, such as the American Legion Auxiliary. In fact, many methods of planned giving ensure that assets that would otherwise be subject to heavy taxation are instead given to dear causes; this means the assets left to loved ones are taxed less. Through planned giving, donors are able to meet their current and future financial needs while providing the Auxiliary with financial support later. You leave a lasting impact on our mission of Service Not Self for generations to come. Individual gifts are critical to support the American Legion Auxiliary’s wide range of programs and services vital to helping veterans, military and their families. That need is increasing. A new generation of young, wounded veterans will need our help for decades to come.
No matter the size of any individual donation, collectively, every gift adds up to helping ensure the Auxiliary is here for generations to come. You can establish your legacy of belief in the Auxiliary when you include the Auxiliary in your estate plans and other financial preparations — otherwise known as planned giving.
The American Legion Auxiliary has a legacy of giving back to our veterans, military and their families. Our members have established this tradition through nearly 100 years of mission-related programs that serve veterans and military, develop our youth and promote patriotism in communities across America.Because the administrative costs of our programs are paid from members' dues and other sources, all money contributed to the American Legion Auxiliary is used to benefit the intended Auxiliary program, service, department or the Auxiliary Foundation. You don’t need a large estate to give and make a lasting impact.
How it works: 1) You include a bequest in your will or revocable trust2) Upon your death, your will or trust directs a bequest to the American Legion Auxiliary for the purpose(s) you specifiedBenefits: 1) You can change your bequest at any time2) Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime3) If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value4) You can direct your bequest to a particular program (please be sure to check with the American Legion Auxiliary to ensure your gift can be used as intended)5) You can have the satisfaction of knowing your bequest will ensure the American Legion Auxiliary lives up to the needs of our veterans and military families forever
How it works:1) You assign specific rights in an insurance policy to the American Legion Auxiliary and receive an income tax deduction2) The American Legion Auxiliary may either surrender the policy for its current cash value or hold it and receive the proceeds upon your deathBenefits:1) You receive a federal income tax deduction2) You can contribute a fully paid-up policy OR3) If premiums remain to be paid, you can receive income tax deductions for contributions to the American Legion Auxiliary to pay these premiums4) You can name the American Legion Auxiliary as owner or beneficiary of a new policy and make continuous gifts to offset premiums the organization will pay to maintain the policy. There is no charitable deduction for this option5) You have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will provide critical support to the American Legion Auxiliary in the future
How it works: 1) You name the American Legion Auxiliary as the beneficiary for a specific amount or percentage of your retirement plan benefits2) Upon your death, your plan administrator transfers those designated funds to the American Legion Auxiliary Benefits:1) Your funds bequeathed to the American Legion Auxiliary will not be subject to federal income taxes, according to current tax law2) Please contact a professional tax advisor to check if your funds will have federal estate tax liability 3) You have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will provide future support to the American Legion Auxiliary
1) Percentage of Total Estate for Unrestricted Purposes: I hereby give and bequeath _____ percent (%) of my total estate to the American Legion Auxiliary, National Headquarters located at 8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260, to be used to support the American Legion Auxiliary mission.2) Percentage of Residual for Unrestricted Purposes: I hereby give and bequeath _____ percent (%) of the rest and residue of my estate to the American Legion Auxiliary, National Headquarters located at 8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260, to be used to support the American Legion Auxiliary mission.3) Specific Amount for Unrestricted Purposes: I hereby give and bequeath the sum of $______ to the American Legion Auxiliary, National Headquarters located at 8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260, to be used to support the American Legion Auxiliary mission.4) Specific Amount for Specific Purposes: I hereby give and bequeath the sum of $______ to be used for ____________________________ at the American Legion Auxiliary, National Headquarters located at 8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.5) Contingent Bequest: In the event that my spouse predeceases me, the Trustee shall distribute $_______ to the American Legion Auxiliary, National Headquarters located at 8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260, to be used to support the American Legion Auxiliary mission.
Early Career (Ages 20’s & 30’s)Now could be the perfect time to start defining your philanthropic ambitions and searching for causes that are important to you. As you're starting out in your career and in life, you’ll find answers to life’s questions, looking at both short- and long-term plans and searching for ways to make an impact or establish your legacy.
Planned giving can provide solutions and personal satisfaction.
It’s never too early to start researching and planning for your estate and will. Your family comes first, and we understand that; our family comes first at the Auxiliary too: veterans, servicemembers and their families. But, when making estate plans, consider adding a charitable gift to the American Legion Auxiliary.
• Start saving early. The amount you need to save every day during your 20s and 30s to provide for a comfortable retirement later is only a fraction of what you would need to save if you started doing so in your later years. • Find causes that are important to you, and find ways to perpetuate their mission and impact. Giving in any way to an organization is always appreciated.• If you haven’t yet, contact a financial advisor or estate planner to make a will for you and your family. Even if your liquid assets aren’t great, your personal assets and possessions can add up quickly. Accidents can happen, and if you’re not prepared with a will upon your death, your assets could be divided in ways which you might not have desired.Mid-Career (Ages 40s & 50s)Undoubtedly, this is a busy time for you and your family. Concerns about aging parents, familial duties, financial obligations and finding time to relax and spend time with those you love will fill most of your time. Planned giving can save you time, bring peace of mind, ease financial burdens, establish your legacy and help bring Auxiliary programs to our nation’s heroes. • Contact a financial advisor or estate planner to help you construct an estate plan or will if you do not have one. Accidents can happen and if you’re not prepared with a will, upon your death, your assets could be divided in ways which you might not have desired.• Now is the time during which you will be accumulating wealth and also increasing debt. Consider the long- and short-term benefits of providing a donation or preparing a planned gift. A charitable remainder trust can help you save for retirement, generate an income tax deduction and provide a gift to the Auxiliary. Preparing for Retirement (Ages 50s & 60s)Retirement is so close! Do you have a plan? Being financially secure to continue on life’s never-ending adventures takes planning.
Whether or not you have a plan, consider the option of planned giving. There are many reasons for planned giving — tax benefits, diversifying your investments, establishing your legacy, exemplifying your personal values, making a larger gift than would have been possible and so many more.
• Contact a financial advisor or estate planner to help you construct an estate plan or will if you do not have one. Accidents can happen, and if you’re not prepared with a will upon your death, your assets could be divided in ways which you might not have desired.• If you have a will, make sure it is up to date and prepared according to your wishes. • Save aggressively for your approaching retirement. Examine your finances and spending habit. When all is accounted for, including supplemental sources of income such as Social Security, will you be able to sustain your lifestyle comfortably?• Consult frequently with your financial advisor to make sure you’re on track for a comfortable retirement.• You are probably at the peak of your earning years. A planned gift can help reduce increased income taxes. Trusts can also be a great way to maximize tax benefits.Retirement It’s time to kick back and relax after years of hard work and saving money. You deserve it. But, during that time, did you stay connected to the organizations that mean something special to you? In between life’s many obligations, it can be difficult to find the time and finances for others. But, with more free time, this period of your life could be the one that defines you most. It’s highly recommended that during this time you periodically review and update your will and estate plans if necessary. • Retirement is surely a time to keep a close watch over and appropriately portion out your finances and assets, but if you are able, annual gifts to the Auxiliary help sustain our efforts• Review and update your will and estate plans annually. After providing for loved ones, consider adding a gift to the Auxiliary. Charitable gift annuities during retirement can be tax-deductible and are a great way to offset taxes. • Can you spare some time? Consider giving your time to the Auxiliary as a volunteer. • Do you have a life insurance plan that was intended to protect a spouse who no longer needs it or a child who is now financially independent, or to complete payment on an already paid-for mortgage? Consider naming the American Legion Auxiliary as the beneficiary of that plan.• Retirement plans, if left to a beneficiary such as a spouse or child, can be subject to taxes of up to 35 percent. Direct designation to an organization such as the Auxiliary ensures these funds avoid income and estate taxes.
Your generous donations go directly to the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary —to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.The American Legion Auxiliary’s programs and services promote citizenship, patriotism and leadership in communities throughout the country and in Auxiliary affiliates around the world. Your donations support these programs:ALA Girls State/Girls Nation – offers young women the opportunity to learn government in an intense, weeklong experiential learning environment.Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation – provides much needed support to our veterans in our communities and medical facilities.Children & Youth – promotes educating our children about the important concepts of good citizenship.Education – through Spirit of Youth Scholarships, Mission Scholarships and Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarships, we support the children of our nation’s heroes.
Auxiliary Emergency Fund – embodying Service Not Self, members quietly
award critical financial assistance grants to members during times of
dire hardships. Community Service — volunteers in Community Service help with events like stand downs, welcome-home and send-off events.
Your donations also go to support other programs and events that the American Legion Auxiliary co-sponsors:
National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Operation Comfort Warriors
Operation: Military Kids
Yellow RibbonHeroes to HometownsUSO JROTC/ROTCAnd many more!
CELEBRATING A LEGACY
OHIO MEMBER LEAVES CHARIATABLE BEQUEST
Jean Willaman Bender was a lifetime resident of North Canton, Ohio. Her great-great-grandfather, Leonard Willaman, was a Revolutionary War solder. Her grandfather, George Willaman, was a Civil War veteran. Charles "Chuck" F. Bender was from nearby Greentown, Ohio. Chuck served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and Jean and Chuck were married in 1952 after his return from Korea. They were married for 50 years until he passed away in 2002.
Jean started working at The Hoover Company during World War II while she was a high school senior at North Canton High School and continued to work there for 43 years. Chuck was also employed by The Hoover Company. During their married life, Jean and Chuck both enjoyed travelling throughout Ohio and the United States. Jean loved to play cards and was known for her love of a good time with her friends. After suffering a stroke in 2009, Jean's vision was limited, but she continued to play cards as long as she was able. Jean was a lifetime member of Zion United Church of Christ in North Canton, Ohio, and belonged to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 548.
Jean supported 18 charities with bequests after her passing in November 2013 at the age of 88, including a charitable bequest to The American Legion Auxiliary National Organization.
Philanthropy and individual gifts have been essential in shaping the history of our organization, and these contributions will have an important role in our promising future. Your actions now can have a profound impact in the lives of our veterans, military, and their families by funding programs of the American Legion Auxiliary for future generations. No matter the size of any individual donation, collectively, every gift adds up to ensure the Auxiliary is here for generations to come.
Neither the author, publisher nor organization are legal or tax advice providers. These examples are general and may not apply to all individuals. The purpose of this website and publication is to provide accurate and authoritative information of a general character. Prospective donors should consult their personal tax and financial advisors for specific details about making a gift to the American Legion Auxiliary. State laws govern wills, trusts and charitable gifts made in contractual agreements. Professional advice should be sought when considering these as well as all other gifts.To learn more about your giving options, please visit www.ALAforVeterans.org or contact our Development Division at (317) 569-4500 or development@ALAforVeterans.org.
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