Securing Our Future
The power of giving together.
In 50 years, $972 billion is expected to pass from one generation to the next
in Michigan. In just 10 years, $140.6 billion will have transferred.
projects a $53 trillion transfer of wealth across the United States. But while
the average transfer nationwide will peak after 50 years,
wealth transfer in
many Michigan counties will crest in twenty to thirty years.
Much of this wealth is currently invested in family homes and farms,
retirement accounts and other appreciated assets—some of which may be heavily
taxed if given to heirs.
A one-time opportunity to create permanent benefits for Michigan
If only 5% of this wealth was earmarked for charitable endowment, the
resulting $48.6 billion fund would generate hundreds of millions of dollars
every year for local community projects and priorities across the state—forever.
Michigan community foundations have established
endowments focused on improving quality of life in each community, including the
one you call home.
Ways to give
If you are retired, a planned gift from your estate may be more attractive to
you and your family than a large gift today. You can leave a permanent legacy of
giving, be a source of pride to your family and join others like you to build a
Three easy ways to make a planned gift to your Community Legacy Fund include:
- Designate your local community foundation as the beneficiary of
your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement account
These assets can lose up to 70% of their value when passed to heirs; changing
the beneficiary designation does not involve modifying your estate plan.
- Designate your local community foundation as the beneficiary of a
life insurance policy
There is no need to modify your estate plan.
- Ask your attorney to add the community foundation to your estate
Talk to your professional advisor and your local
community foundation to learn about all of your giving options and choose
the one that’s right for you and your community.