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© 2013 Greater Everett Community Foundation
2823 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett - Mailing address: PO Box 5549, Everett, WA 98206
(425) 212-4056 - FAX: (425) 212-4059
Bequest by Will
A legacy of giving.
How it works:
Earnings from your fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. Your gift — and all future earnings from your gift — is a permanent source of community capital, helping to do good work forever.
You can give cash, appreciated stocks, or other assets. Some of the most tax-efficient asset types to give through your will come from retirement plan accounts, since heirs would be taxed on the income in respect of the decedent (IRD). You can choose to give a stated dollar amount, a specific property, a percentage of your estate, the remainder after distributions to other beneficiaries, or you can make your gift contingent on certain events.
The Gift of a Lifetime
Irene Hoover and her husband owned a bakery and enjoyed a great deal of success and prominence in their hometown. After her husband passed away two years ago, Irene decided it was time for her to update her will. Part of her plan was to give something back to the community the Hoovers had loved as both residents and business owners. "Not only did Jim and I love our town, but we felt as though we owed it a lot for the success of our business," says Irene. With the help of her professional advisor, Irene revised her will to include an inheritance for the Hoovers’ college-age niece, with the remainder creating the Hoover Bakery Fund, a Field of Interest Fund designed to support community development efforts. Because it will be endowed, her gift will provide a growing source of community funding for festivals, neighborhood revitalization, publicly accessible artwork, and other community improvements. "I like knowing that when I’m gone, our legacy will be one of helping others strengthen our community," says Irene.