April has been designated Heritage Society month at BloodworksNW and we are making planned giving a focus throughout this month. Sarah Steinberg writes about why the Heritage Society is important to helping BloodworksNW carry out our lifesaving work – improving patient outcomes.
In my seven years working in fundraising, never have I felt so connected to an organization’s mission as I do to BloodworksNW’s. Not only is the work we do important, but it’s amazing to me the number of facets that this organization has, from blood donation and testing, to patient care, to lifesaving research. We are huge.
My job as a fundraiser includes raising money for these many different programs and areas of our organization. One way to do this that you may not be aware of is through our Planned Giving program. If you’re not sure what planned giving means, let me explain.
A planned gift is a gift that keeps on giving, as it can continue on beyond your lifetime. Some examples are:
- making an outright gift of stocks, real estate, etc.
- naming BloodworksNW as beneficiary of your life insurance or retirement account
- naming BloodworksNW in your will or trust.
These particular options can be done easily by accessing your individual accounts or speaking with an estate planner who can take the necessary steps. Other planned giving options include creating a charitable gift annuity, a charitable lead trust, or a charitable remainder trust. For these planned giving choices, you will need the help of a tax advisor, financial advisor or lawyer.
So, why might you want to consider a planned gift? Because you care about BloodworksNW and the many patients and families we touch every day. Because you understand that medicine is an ever changing field and that research leads to advances in transfusion medicine and better treatments and cures. Planned giving is a satisfying way to give back and easy to do. And you don’t have to be rich to make a significant impact. Once your wishes are in place, you don’t have to think about it and you will feel good knowing you’ve done your part in allowing the BloodworksNW legacy to live on.
The group of amazing contributors who have named BloodworksNW as a beneficiary in their estate plans makes up our Heritage Society. If you find yourself at one of our clinics or donor centers, keep an eye out for Heritage Society displays this month.
Please consider joining the legendary group of Heritage Society members!
For more information about making a planned gift, contact me at email@example.com or at (206) 568-3612.