Alexandria: Leave a legacy
A group of local nonprofit leaders have been collaboratively working to identify ways to increase the community's awareness and understanding of charitable giving.
Local nonprofits deliver vital programs and services for the community. It relies on local nonprofits to feed the hungry, deliver necessary health care or supportive services, preserve history, teach children and present the arts.
These nonprofits rely on the community for their survival and support. While many of them receive some support from government agencies, the majority of their funding comes from the public.
A common misperception is that people must have wealth to leave a legacy. Whether rich or poor, or somewhere in between, any gift can make a difference.
Gifts can be made in several ways, depending upon what charitable goals include. Money can be left to both a family and a favorite charity.
Charitable giving empowers others to do good deeds that advance the community. No matter the size of the gift, all will have a positive impact.
To leave a legacy, start with these simple steps:
Have an up-to-date will (or living trust) that reflects charitable objectives.
Contact a financial advisor and ask for help in establishing a charitable gift.
Leave stocks, bonds, real estate, insurance policies and personal property to charitable organizations.
Make preferred charity a beneficiary of life insurance, pension plan or IRA.
Contact your charity and begin the conversation of how you might achieve your charitable giving goals and help the nonprofit extend their mission for greater benefit of the Alexandria area community.
The following 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations participate in and promote Leave A Legacy for the benefit of all nonprofit organizations working and serving the Alexandria area:
Alexandria Area Community Foundation
Alexandria Area YMCA
Alexandria Literacy Project
Alexandria Public School Education Foundation
Alexandria Technical and Community College Foundation
Caring Hands Dental Clinic
Douglas County Historical Society
Ecumen Bethany Community
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County
Knute Nelson Foundation
Lakes Area Humane Society
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum
North Country Food Bank
Red Willow Arts
Runestone Museum Foundation
Rural AIDS Action Network
Titus 2 Homes
United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties
West Central Initiative
West Central Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross
Zion Lutheran School
Additionally, the following professional agencies participate in and promote Leave A Legacy to their clients for the benefit of all nonprofit organizations working and serving the Alexandria area:
Dilly Zimny Insurance
Johnston Law Office
LifeSTAGE Wealth Management
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
For more information on the Alexandria Area Leave A Legacy initiative, contact any of the following Steering Committee members: Susan Scarborough, Alexandria Public School Education Foundation; Holly Witt, Bremer Bank; Katie Perry, Knute Nelson Foundation; Becki Jordan, Someplace Safe; Glen Tautges, Alexandria Area Community Foundation; Kelli Wendel, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County; or Jessica Boyer, United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties.