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Myron and Patsy Holm

myron-patsy-holm.jpgMyron and Patsy Holm understand that one couple can make a difference that will impact many lives and even generations. It is because of their desire to make a difference that the Holms have taken an active role in many new efforts of LFCS over the years.
     In 1992, they assisted LFCS in launching the CALL mentoring program for at risk youth. "LFCS gives our family an avenue to help us help others," Patsy shares.
     As part of their involvement, Myron and Patsy made a charitable bequest to LFCS in their trust. They made a bequest gift because "LFCS and other organizations are doing something important for people who need help." The simple process of including LFCS in their trust happened when Myron and Patsy updated their estate plan with their attorney. Charitable gifts designated through wills, trusts and insurance policies have always played an important role in supporting LFCS.
     Myron and Patsy are proud members of LFCS' bequest recognition group, the Buenger Society. They feel content knowing that LFCS will be "doing something important with our money after we are gone."
     ~ Myron and Patsy Holm, St. Louis

Nancy Wischmeyer Besemer & Bill Wischmeyer

Nancy and Bill"Four generations of our family have been blessed to witness Lutheran Family & Children's Services and its antecedents make a real difference in people's lives. We are proud that our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, each in their own way, helped sustain the work of LFCS. We want our children and grandchildren to remain connected to the wonderful work LFCS does to create healthy children and families. We wanted to leave a family legacy. With the help of LFCS' staff, we created a family endowment fund, ensuring our financial support for years to come."
     ~ Nancy Wischmeyer Besemer & Bill Wischmeyer, St. Louis

Meta and Mel George

"LFCS offers a wide range of services that provide help and hope for both children and families. Those services include supporting birth mothers and their children, offering foster care, mentoring young parents, and creating "forever families" through adoption.
     We have personally known at least two families who have been blessed with children through adoptions facilitated by LFCS. We have shared in their joy as we have watched those children thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.
     As long-time cheerleaders for LFCS, we have supported the agency in several ways. Among them is a planned gift through a deferred annuity, which not only provides some income every month for us but will eventually benefit the agency as well, with a more substantial gift than we could otherwise have made. That's a win-win situation that leaves us with a very good feeling!"
     ~ Meta and Mel George, Columbia

Christie and Larry Tietjen

christie and larry tietjen"Our connection with LFCS has enriched our lives over the years. We are grateful knowing that we've been able to make a difference in people's lives through LFCS's work. Including LFCS in our estate plans will allow us to continue to make that difference for generations to come."
     ~ Christie and Larry Tietjen, St. Louis

Rev. Larry Neeb

Rev. Larry Neeb

"The best way to help the clients of LFCS is to ensure that the agency will be able to continue its mission, even long after I am alive to witness it. I took a few extra steps beyond my usual contribution and created a Charitable Remainder Trust, giving LFCS financial support it needs for years to come."
     ~ Rev. Larry Neeb, St. Louis

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Lutheran Family and Children's Services a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Lutheran Family and Children's Services Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to LFCS or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to LFCS as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to LFCS as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and LFCS where you agree to make a gift to LFCS and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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