Bequests: Wills and Trusts

Goal: Defer a gift until after your lifetime
Benefit: Your donations are fully exempt from federal estate tax and you retain control of your assets

Pam Adams is a retired nurse, mother, and grandmother and is still a very busy woman. She loves to travel to places she has always dreamed about visiting, and when she can't take a trip, thoroughly enjoys traveling - via her radio - on the many journeys offered by her public radio station.

Pam AdamsWhen not traveling or spending time with her grandchildren, Mrs. Adams volunteers her time at her local station. "I love going behind the scenes and helping out," she says.

According to Mrs. Adams, "Public broadcasting is a part of my family, and I want it to bring to my children and grandchildren the things that I treasure. And if I can help these children open their eyes and see the possibilities, I've done more than I ever dreamed of."

In addition to enabling her to satisfy her charitable desires, this was a wise financial move as she needed to retain control of her assets for future contingencies. While she knew the future is uncertain, Pam Adams wanted to be sure that what she didn't need would go to help others. She also understood the importance of having a will.

Radio personalityFor information regarding living trusts, please click here. To look at examples of bequest language, please click here for more information. There is some additional information available about the benefits of utilizing a charitable bequest and how bequests enable you to keep control of your assets. Also, bequests are often used to build an endowment, a fund that provides a legacy for you and provides for the future of WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90. Codicils are a simple and easy way to make changes to an existing will.

Using funds from a retirement account to make bequests is often a good strategy. If there is a balance in your retirement account at your death, not only is there a potential income tax burden, but there may be estate taxes as well. Estimates are that taxes could eat up as much as 70-75% of retirement assets under certain circumstances. Careful planning concerning retirement funds needs to be done. Please click here for additional information regarding retirement assets.

Another option to consider in making a gift is to use life insurance policies that are no longer needed or necessary. Please click here for more information about different ways to make a gift of life insurance.

Often, donors are surprised both by how wonderful they feel about helping others and by the size of the gift they are able to make through a bequest. Ann and David found their experiences with charitable giving enriched their hearts and lives.

Return to the Legacy Giving home page or to the Quick Guide to Legacy Gifts.

For more information or a confidential discussion of your charitable options, please email or call the Station Manager, Evelyn Massaro, at (906) 227-2600.

Please note, individual financial circumstances will vary. The information on this site does not constitute legal or tax advice. Donor stories and photographs are for purposes of illustration only. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your attorney or estate specialist. All material is copyrighted and is for viewing purposes only. Use of this site signifies your agreement with the terms of use. The content in this Planned Giving section has been developed for WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 by Future Focus. Please report any problems to section webmaster.