“The greatest thing this generation can do is lay a few stepping stones for the next generation.”
– Charles F. Kettering
The Circle of Stewards Legacy Society is for donors who want to create a philanthropic plan that goes beyond their lifetime to benefit Blandford Nature Center’s future.
Planned giving extends your support to the organizations or causes you love, and allows you leave a legacy for future generations.
This “planned gift” can be any gift made during your lifetime or after as part of your overall estate planning.
Planned gifts can be set up in many different ways. However, they all
share some important benefits.
- They can reduce estate taxes
- They allow you to support the organizations or causes you are passionate about and leaving a legacy of giving
- They give you the opportunity to make a larger gift than you could during your lifetime
- Knowledge that your assets during life are to be passed to the individuals and organizations according to your wishes
If you love Blandford Nature Center and want to help preserve this amazing resource for future generations, please explore planned giving as a way to
provide long-term support.
Types of Planned Gifts
A bequest from a will or trust is the simplest type of planned gift. You put language into your estate documents that defines how much you want to give to a particular organization.
What are the benefits?
- It is very simple to add a bequest into your estate planning documents.
- You decide how much you want to give-specify a dollar amount, or a percentage of your estate to give.
- Your gift may help lower the estate taxes for your heirs.
Sample Bequest Language
“I give (___ dollars)/(___percent of the residue of my estate) to Blandford Nature Center (Tax ID #20-0739420), Grand Rapids, MI, to be used as its Board of Directors determines.”
Life insurance is often a “just in case” purchase. We don’t necessarily plan to use it, but we feel better knowing the policy is there. What many people don’t know is that life insurance makes a wonderful planned gift.
What are the benefits?
- Life insurance is often the most highly-taxed element of an estate. You may reduce taxes on the rest of your estate by giving it to a non-profit.
- A life insurance policy has a fixed value, so you know how much you are giving.
- You may choose to give all or a portion of the policy to a non-profit.
- Life insurance policies are very easy to give to a non-profit. You simply specify them as a beneficiary.
If you would like to explore other avenues, we would be happy to have a conversation with you. Those options could include:
- Retirement accounts
- Gifts of stock or securities
- Gifts of appreciated assets or real property
- Charitable remainder trusts
- Charitable lead trusts
Please contact Jason Meyer at 616-735-6240 if you would like to discuss other options that are better aligned with your philanthropic goals.
Recognizing Your Gift
Planned giving is a private affair, and donors are not required to share their plans. However, we do wish to sincerely thank and honor donors who let us know about their intentions.
The Circle of Stewards Legacy Society is for donors who have informed us of pending gifts in their estate plans. It is our way of publicly and frequently thanking those who are making choices today that will benefit the future of Blandford.
Some donors prefer to give anonymously. If that is your wish, please let us know so that we may honor your request for confidentiality.
- In marketing materials such as our website, newsletters, and annual report
- On a special donor wall
- At an annual thank-you event
Circle of Stewards Legacy Society Members
Our sincere thanks to our generous supporters that have made Blandford a part of their legacy.
- Heather Bell
- Charles & Mary Jo Burpee
- Katherine Chase
- Mary Jane Dockeray
- Don & Laurie Gardner
- Aren & Nancy Lubbers
- Joseph and Marilyn Martin
- Linda M. Weeks
- Jason & Kate Meyer
- Susan & Jeff Meyers
- Laurie Rosenberg
- John D. Schneider
- John P. & Judith Schneider
- Joan Stuecken
- Robert Zylstra