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Planned Giving To CdLS

Planned Giving

While making plans for your estate, consider including a legacy gift to ensure that the CdLS Foundation remains the vital organization that families of children with CdLS need.

A planned gift not only demonstrates commitment to the mission of the Foundation, it ensures the long-term strength of the organization. Long after they are given, planned gifts positively impact the lives of children and adults with CdLS and those who care for them.


To make a charitable bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust. Your gift can be a percentage of your estate, or a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your death, the CdLS Foundation receives your gift. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. The Foundation can provide you with specific wording.

Flexibility. Because you’re not actually making a gift until after you die, you can change your mind at any time.

Tax relief. Your estate is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.

Beneficiary Designations

Assets, such as retirement plans, life insurance and insurance annuities, are not controlled by the terms of your will. These assets instead require separate beneficiary forms. The beneficiaries of these assets can be easily modified at any time to meet your changing needs:

  • IRAs and retirement plans
  • Life insurance policies
  • Insurance annuities

To learn more about the Foundation's legacy society, the Circle of Caring, download a brochure, contact the Foundation at 800-753-2357 or

This information is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney tax professional or investment professional.