Legacy and Planned Giving

You can help ensure the Leather Archives & Museum is around for generations to come by making a “planned gift” as a part of your long term financial planning. This can be done by including LAM as a beneficiary in your will, in your retirement assets or for a life insurance policy. Planned Giving is an essential component of any nonprofit organization’s growth and in most cases allows a donor to contribute at a much higher level to the charitable organizations they value. Unlike a current gift whereby a donor transfers cash or other assets to LAM for an immediate impact, a planned gift is any gift. made in the donor’s lifetime or upon death, as part of a donor’s overall financial or estate planning. These include gifts of securities, life insurance, real estate, personal property, or cash. They are planned now, to take effect at some point in the future.

A charitable bequest is one of the most meaningful legacies you can provide for your loved ones and your favorite organizations, often made as part of a will or a trust. The most common types of bequests are for gifts of cash, securities, real estate or other personal property such as art, archival materials or historical artifacts. These types of planned gifts can be a way for you to contribute money to Leather Archives & Museum while also realizing some of your estate and financial planning goals. Click here for sample bequest language.

If you are considering a planned gift for Leather Archives & Museum, you will need the following information: Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626, 773-761-9200, EIN – 36-3841874. Your attorney or financial advisor can assist you with making these arrangements such that they benefit both you with key tax advantages, and LAM with much needed revenue for the future.

If you have already made a planned giving arrangement for Leather Archives & Museum, we hope you will complete our confidential form so we can thank you and learn how you would like to be recognized for this gift. Anyone making a planned gift of any size to Leather Archives & Museum is eligible for membership in the Ensinger Society.

If you have questions about including the Library in your estate plans, please contact Gary Wasdin at 773-761-9200, or gary.wasdin@leatherarchives.org

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