While 70% of people give to charity during their lifetime, only 10% leave a gift through their estate. The impact you’re making now can continue, long after you’re gone. When you leave a legacy, future generations will know what was important to you. If we all leave just 5% see what can happen.
For generations, families and their wealth were closely tied to their local communities. Today, the inheritance you leave might be scattered around the globe. If Muskegon County has been important to you, make part of your legacy a gift to help build its future.
If everyone leaves 5% (or more) of their estate to a Foundation fund, over $680 million will be invested in Muskegon County by 2055! What can your gift support? Whatever is important to you!
You can give to existing funds to support the arts, education, the environment, health, or community development. If a specific organization has been important to you, such as your place of worship, your school, or your favorite nonprofit, you can add to or create a fund to support them. Perhaps there’s a place in the community that you’ve loved, like Meinert Park or Pere Marquette beach or one of the bike trails…your gift can ensure that others get to enjoy it far into the future. If it’s too hard to choose, a gift to the Greater Muskegon County Fund, or creating an unrestricted fund in your own name, ensures that there are resources to put toward whatever will make an impact in the community of the future.
Leaving a legacy is not just for the wealthy. If you consider the value of your home, retirement and savings accounts, life insurance, etc., you may be surprised how quickly it adds up!
Start your fund
- Add up home, savings, life insurance, etc. and plan a gift
- Leave $20,000 (5% of a $400,000 estate)
After 25 years
- $29,000 granted into the community
- $26,000 balance in your fund
After 50 years
- $90,000 granted into the community
- $85,000 balance in your fund
Leaving a gift can be as simple as changing a retirement account or life insurance beneficiary designation. Or you can work with an attorney to update your will or trust. Ask us…we can help!
You can help build up Muskegon County. Leave a gift to its future!
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFMC) is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, so you receive the maximum tax deduction for your gift. If you have questions or need more information, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help. If you’d like a copy of our gift acceptance policy, it is available upon request.