Leave your Legacy

All of the Cancer Services programs are free of charge to local cancer patients residing in Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties.  From supportive services and education to medical equipment, wigs, transportation, medical supplies, and financial assistance, help is available to all. We believe that the future of Cancer Services is contingent upon our donors’ support and the legacies they want to leave while supporting our mission.  Legacy gifts ensure that cancer patients and their families, now and in the future, will have access to financial and emotional support and services.

Choosing to leave your legacy to Cancer Services is an important decision.  There are several ways that you can give to Cancer Services.  One important way is to remember Cancer Services with a planned gift in your will.  Your support will have an impact well into the future when you can no longer provide an annual gift.

What are the benefits of making a bequest?

  • Charitable Bequests allow you to leave a legacy behind, either for yourself or a loved one.
  • Tax benefits: Charitable giving comes with its own set of tax benefits. There are always ways for individuals to maximize those benefits.
  • Flexibility: A Charitable Bequest is flexible and easy to update as part of your Trust as your giving portfolio grows or changes.

How do I make a bequest?

  • A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make.  With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to family, friends, or Cancer Services as part of your estate plan.

We look forward to the opportunity for a personal discussion to determine if you would like to make a difference to Cancer Services and our community.  We are happy to try to ensure that your needs and passion align with us while meeting the needs of our clients.

Financial contributions to Cancer Services are tax deductible under applicable federal, estate, and gift tax laws.  To discuss ways to leave your legacy through Cancer Services, call Cecily Brown, Executive Director, at (419) 626-4548.

Types of Bequests

1). General/Fixed Dollar Bequest – A stated sum of money, usually cash, to a beneficiary.

“I bequeath the sum of $___ to Cancer Services, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID#.

2).  Percentage Bequest – Enables your bequests to grow as your assets grow.

“I bequeath to Cancer Services, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID #___, an amount equal to ___ percent of the net value of my estate as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes.”

3). Residual Bequest – This is a popular choice for charitable bequests because it ensures that loved ones receive their distribution before any distribution to charity.

“I devise the residue of my estate, after the satisfaction of all specific bequests and the payment of all taxes and other costs attending my death, to Cancer Services, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID #___.”

4). Specific bequests—gifts of property, like a painting, jewelry, car  , or cash (e.g., $5,000 to Cancer Services).

“I bequeath  ___ to Cancer Services, a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID#.

More information on bequests:

What are bequests? 

How to leave a charitable bequest to a non-profit