Genesys helps with Leave a Legacy plan

GENESEE COUNTY — Gov. Rick Snyder has declared May “Leave a Legacy Month.”

During this month — and throughout the year — the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan assists individuals interested in learning about leaving a legacy.

Here are a few facts about donations to charities:

Did you know …

 individuals can help their favorite charity without having to save up to do so during their lifetime?

 government funding is increasingly at risk as state and federal government budgets see a rise in red ink?

 IRAs, 401ks, cars, boats and stocks can be left to charity?

 about 81 percent of Southeast Michigan residents give annually to charity, but only about 3 percent of these leave a charitable gift at death?

Leave a Legacy is a national campaign encouraging people to name nonprofit organizations in their will and trust, or as a beneficiary designation. The purpose of this month is to focus on the importance of charitable gift planning for charities Americans depend on and support.

During the first part of this century, an estimated $11 trillion to $12 trillion will be passed from World War II and babyboomer generations to their descendants.

To learn more about Leave a Legacy, call the Genesys Health Foundation at 810-606-6020. — G.G.

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