Charitable Bequests

Impact the Future—Join the Legacy Society Today

Your legacy can help ensure the legacy of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Support a more just and equitable future by joining our Legacy Society today! In grateful recognition of your generosity and dedication to the Stowe Center, members of The Legacy Society receive an invitation to an annual exclusive gathering, as well as “first looks” at gallery and exhibition openings.

A simple way to make that impact

There are many ways in which you can show your support by being members of the Legacy Society. One of the easiest ways is through a charitable bequest, simply naming the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center as a beneficiary in your will. It’s simple, flexible, and entirely revocable!

A few lines in your will can set up a gift to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. If you already have a will or living trust, you can add a bequest to the Stowe Center by preparing a simple codicil to your will or amendment to your trust. Your bequest could be a dollar amount, a specific asset such as artwork, or a percentage of your estate. A bequest could also be made from the residue of your estate or what is left after gifts have been made to your heirs. A bequest does not take effect until your death, though if you let us now that you intend to give we can celebrate your gift now! It is a gift that does not affect your current assets or cash flow.

Your bequest can support any of the initiatives you feel most passionate about at the Stowe Center. And, if your circumstances change, you can easily change your will.

Sample Bequest Language
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center can provide your attorney sample language when drafting a bequest. Please contact our Executive office for more information.

860-522-9258 ext. 310

Other Giving Options

Life Insurance
Another easy way to leave your legacy with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is to name the Stowe Center as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. If you have a life insurance policy that is no longer needed to fulfill the purpose for which it was originally intended (for example, your children are now grown), you can designate the Stowe Center as a policy beneficiary at whatever amount you feel is appropriate, or you can designate the Stowe Center as the primary (and only) beneficiary. This is done simply by completing a new beneficiary change form. The proceeds that are payable to the Stowe Center will not be subject to estate tax.

Retirement Plan
Designating a charity as the beneficiary of a retirement plan is often the most tax-wise use of retirement plan assets in your estate. Retirement plan assets are subject to income tax in the hands of an individual beneficiary, and, depending on the size of your estate, they could be subject to estate tax as well. However, any amounts distributed to a non-profit will be distributed tax-free. If you plan to provide support to the Stowe Center through your estate, retirement assets may be your best choice. As with an insurance policy, you create the gift simply by naming the Stowe Center as a beneficiary of your retirement account.

Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and the Stowe Center. In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, the Stowe Center agrees to pay you (the annuitant) a fixed sum each year for the remainder of your lifetime. You also have the option to have the payments extend through the lifetime of your spouse.

The two factors that determine the amount of yearly annuity payment are the amount of the gift itself, and the age(s) of the annuitants, in particular the age of the younger annuitant. The larger the gift, the larger the annuity payment. The older the younger annuitant is, the larger the annuity payment.