Including Good Shepherd in your will or estate plans is easy to do and will help people with disabilities live better, more independent lives. Good Shepherd is here to work with you to craft a gift that will leave a lasting legacy of care. By informing us of your intentions now, you allow Good Shepherd to plan for the future.
If you need to update your will or haven't written one yet, request our step-by-step estate planning guide. You'll receive a record-keeping book to keep your information organized and in one place.
Here are some the most common and simplest forms of planned gifts:
A bequest is the most familiar planned gift. You may name Good Shepherd in your will to receive a specific amount or a percentage of the estate’s value. If you already have a will, a bequest can be added to the existing will through a codicil (an addendum). We can provide sample gift language for your will or trust.
Beneficiary DesignationThe easiest type of planned gift is to name Good Shepherd as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy . Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator, complete the form and return it.
Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a contract between a donor and a charity that promises fixed payments for life to one or two beneficiaries. Charitable gift annuities can be funded with cash or securities and will provide you with a charitable deduction for a portion of your gift. For current rates or a personalized gift illustration, contact the Development Department.
Good Shepherd will work with you, your attorney and your financial advisor to create a trust that will achieve your financial and philanthropic goals. Examples of trust arrangements include charitable remainder trusts, charitable annuity trusts or charitable lead trusts. Charitable trusts can provide income to you or another beneficiary and a gift to Good Shepherd.
A note about restrictions: If your planned gift will be restricted to one of Good Shepherd’s programs, departments or endowment funds, please check with us to be sure your gift can be used as you intend.
Please use our legal name “Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network” in all documents. Good Shepherd's tax identification number is 23-2216041. Because planned gifts can provide significant tax benefits, you should consult your legal, tax and financial advisors before changing your estate plans.
1908 Raker Society
The 1908 Raker Society was established to honor the vision of our founders, The Rev. John H. and D. Estella Raker, and to recognize special friends who share their vision. All individuals who include Good Shepherd in their will or estate plans through a planned gift become members of the society and are invited to special events throughout the year. Requests for anonymity will be honored.
Ask Us How
We’re here to help! For more information on these and other gift planning ideas, please contact the Development Department at 610-778-1075 or email our staff.