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Legacy Gifts

“Some years ago I decided to include Second Sense in my will. I am grateful to know that when I pass – my contribution will help to ensure the superior work of Second Sense will continue.” — Ruth

Many donors want to ensure their commitment to Second Sense carries on.  A legacy gift to Second Sense will ensure that the programs you support today will continue to be available for people with vision loss in the future.

Legacy Society

The Legacy Society is our way of recognizing and honoring donors who have included Second Sense in their estate plans.  Their actions make Second Sense’s legacy their legacy—our commitment to help people with vision loss realize their dreams.

Membership in The Legacy Society is open to those who have made provision for future support of Second Sense in their estate plan or through a life income or other deferred gift agreement.  There are no dues or other obligations.  From time to time we will publicly recognize Society members who have expressly given us permission to list their names.  If you would like to join the Legacy Society, please call Cheryl Megurdichian, Director of Development, at 312-236-8569.

How do I include Second Sense in my estate plans?

  1. Two simple ways to include a gift to Second Sense is through Pay on Death (POD) and Transfer on Death (TOD) directives. These are simple agreements telling a bank who will inherit a specific account (POD) or telling a brokerage firm or investment advisor who will inherit an investment account (POT). Both are simple to create and happen outside probate. Simply ask your banker or investment advisor for the form.
  2. Bequests have been an important source of support for Second Sense throughout its 60+ year history.  Bequests are the another easy way to make a planned gift and provide a legacy of your lifetime commitment.

To determine the type of bequest you wish to make you should work with your attorney or financial planner. Standard language for a bequest is:

“I devise, will and bequeath to SECOND SENSE, an Illinois not-for-profit organization, the sum of $ (or equivalent, i.e., number of shares of XYZ Corporation, percentage of, or residual of my estate) to be used by said corporation for its general purposes.”

Other Planned Giving Options

Retirement Assets

Distributions from certain kinds of retirement assets — such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs), tax-sheltered annuities, and 401(k) and 403(b) plans — are subject to income tax and may be subject to generation-skipping taxes and estate taxes. However, gifts of these assets will not be taxed if they are paid directly to a charity as beneficiary. You can designate all or a certain percentage of your retirement assets to go to Second Sense. It is important that you seek professional advice to determine how your retirement asset distributions will be affected by naming Second Sense as a beneficiary.

(Note: there may be penalties for early withdrawal of your IRA assets).

Life Insurance

You can provide for Second Sense through an existing or new life insurance policy. For an existing policy, you and choose to name Second Sense as a beneficiary. You may also choose to transfer the actual ownership of the policy to Second Sense. Another option is to purchase a new policy for Second Sense benefit. This will entitle you to an income tax deduction and all of your future premium payments will be tax deductible.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust allows you and/or other designated beneficiaries to receive income from a trust for your lifetime(s), or for a period of years not to exceed 20. At the end of that time, the balance of the trust is transferred to a charity that you have selected. You can take a charitable deduction for a portion of the gift you make to the trust in the year the trust is formed. (In some cases, additional funds may be added in later years.) The two most common types of charitable remainder trusts are annuity trusts and unitrusts, which differ in how the income you receive from the trust is calculated and distributed.

With all planned giving options, it is important for you to seek professional advice to determine the arrangements that will make the most sense for you.