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Legacy League

At Champaign County CASA, we believe future generations of kids in need deserve a voice, too. The Legacy League recognizes a special group of individuals dedicated to CASA kids who have named CASA of Champaign County in their estate plans. Legacy League members join together once a year for a special dinner and fellowship. 

ShieldYou can join the Legacy League by:

  • Putting Champaign County CASA in your will
  • Naming Champaign County CASA as a beneficiary
  • Giving real estate
  • Reducing taxes and receiving income

Discuss your goals with your financial or estate planning professional. If you have questions about what types of gifts Champaign County CASA accepts or thoughts to share, please contact Emily Cross, Director of Development, at ecross@casa4kids.org or (217) 384-9065.

Putting Champaign County CASA in your will

You can provide now for a future gift to Champaign County CASA by including a bequest provision in your will or trust. Your will or trust directs assets to your heirs and can direct a bequest to Champaign County CASA.

Benefits:

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can change your bequest if your circumstances change.
  • You can direct your bequest to a particular purpose (be sure to check with Champaign County CASA to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • You can have the satisfaction of knowing your bequest will support Champaign County CASA in the way you intended when you are gone.

Use this language in your estate plan:

I hereby direct $____________ (or _____ percent of my residual estate) in cash, securities, or other property to Champaign County CASA. 

As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your tax and legal advisors.

Naming Champaign County CASA as a beneficiary.

You can name Champaign County CASA as beneficiary of your life insurance policy or your retirement plan and reduce your tax liability. This is as simple as calling your provider and updating or adding to your beneficiary designations.

As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your tax and legal advisors.

Giving real estate

For many people, their home or other real estate is their most valuable asset. You may donate your home or other property to Champaign County CASA. Gifts of real estate may secure a charitable income tax deduction for you, based on the fair market value of the property, with no capital gains liability for the transfer. If you wish to continue to live in your residence, you may choose to irrevocably deed a residence (such as your home, cabin, or farm) to Champaign County CASA but reserve the right to use it during your lifetime. This arrangement may create an immediate income tax deduction and a federal estate tax deduction.

As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your tax and legal advisors.

Reducing taxes and receiving income

You may give to Champaign County CASA, reduce your tax liability and receive an income from your assets. There are many ways to meet your financial and philanthropic goals including creating a charitable gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust, or a charitable lead trust. Such financial vehicles require planning and professional counsel and can be a powerful way to share your support of Champaign County CASA with future generations.

As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your tax and legal advisors.

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