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Consider the National Civic League for Your Gift Plan

We recognize that planned giving is a sensitive topic, but we also know that it is a conduit to help you realize your dreams for the future. At the National Civic League, we value legacy, as evident in our 125 years of providing services to communities all over the United States.

Within the last century, the National Civic League has honored and assisted hundreds of communities through the All-America City Awards and our other civic engagement programs — we hope you’ll consider helping us as we follow our vision into the next hundred years.

The National Civic League benefits from inclusion as a benefactor through several possible mechanisms. We hope you will consider the organization when exploring legacy giving.

Choosing the right planned gift depends on your personal circumstances and financial goals. The following list of planned giving mechanisms was taken from Stanford University.

Bequests and Estate Plan Gifts 
You may make a bequest or gift through your estate by including a provision in your will or living trust, or by naming the National Civic League as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. The amount left to the National Civic League (or any charity) can be expressed as a dollar amount or as a percentage of the assets to be given.

Life Income Gifts 
A life income gift allows you to give assets to the National Civic League while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time before the National Civic League is permitted to use your gift. You may make a life income gift by transferring securities, cash, or other property to the National Civic League. The League then manages the investment of the assets and pays an income to you, your designated beneficiaries, or both. Income payments continue for the beneficiaries’ lives or, in some cases, for a term of up to 20 years.

There are several kinds of life income gifts available:

  • Charitable Gift Annuities
    In exchange for an outright gift, the National Civic League agrees by contract to pay a fixed amount each year to you and/or another beneficiary for life.
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
    You establish a trust from which you and/or other beneficiaries receive variable annual payments for life and/or a term of years. At the end of the term, the remainder of the trust assets go to the National Civic League for the purposes you designate.
  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts
    You establish a trust from which you and/or other beneficiaries receive annual payments of a fixed dollar amount for life and/or a term of years, after which the remainder of the trust assets pass to the National Civic League for the purposes you designate.
  • Pooled Income Funds
    Your gift goes into an investment pool that functions like a mutual fund. Investment returns are paid to you and/or other beneficiaries for life, after which your gift is withdrawn and used to support your designated purpose at the National Civic League.

Other Types of Gifts

  • Charitable Lead Trusts
    A charitable lead trust makes an annual payment to the National Civic League for a period of years, and at the end of the term, the remaining assets go to your children or other beneficiary.
  • Donor Advised Funds
    A donor advised fund allows you to make a tax-deductible gift to the National Civic League to establish a fund today, and later advise the League on how you would like the gift used. At least half of the gift must be designated to the National Civic League, and the rest may support other charities.

We would be honored to work with you and your estate planner or financial advisor to set up the planned gift. Complete this form to receive more information on setting up your gift for the National Civic League.

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