Planned Giving

How Do I Leave a Legacy?

Planned charitable gifts made as part of your estate planning are a lasting expression of your life and wishes. It is your personal legacy for the future, a legacy that continues providing for the concerns closest to your heart, in perpetuity.


Planned giving assures that your wishes for the distribution of your assets will be carried out responsibly, sensitively, and in a timely manner. There are many planned giving options:


One of the simplest means of planned giving is to provide a bequest to Volunteers of America Oregon in your will. You can name us as the direct beneficiary of assets, a portion or percentage of your estate, or what remains of your estate after your other obligations have been met. You should contact an attorney for assistance in drafting your will. In addition, you may find below suggested language for including Equity in your will.

Life Insurance Policies

You can designate Volunteers of America Oregon as the sole or partial beneficiary of your life insurance policy; donate a fully paid policy and qualify for a tax deduction; or name us as the owner and beneficiary of the policy and take an income tax deduction for the approximate value of the policy at the time of transfer.

Retirement Plans

You can specify Volunteers of America Oregon as a beneficiary of your pension, IRA, Keough, SPE, or other plan.

Charitable Trusts

You can take advantage of creative and versatile living trusts to provide assets to us while retaining full use and benefit of those assets during your lifetime. For example, cash, securities, or real estate can be placed into a charitable remainder trust, which pays annual income to you and/or your loved one for life, then benefits Volunteers of America Oregon at your death. Such an option can offer attractive tax incentives.

Appreciated Property

You could enjoy a substantial tax advantage by making a gift of property such as real estate, stocks, or bonds.

Acknowledgement of Your Contribution

If you have named Volunteers of America Oregon in your will, as the beneficiary of an annuity, life insurance policy, or trust, please let us know so that we can include you in the Ballington and Maude Booth Legacy Society.

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