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Planned Giving

People are marvelous in their generosity, if they just know the cause is there.

When people hear the term planned giving, they often think of something that only applies to the wealthy.  However, this is far from the truth.

Planned giving applies to each and every one of us.  Someday our lives will end, and our legacy must begin.  Fortunately, we live in a time when we have the opportunity to leave our mark on the generations to come.  Through the use of various kinds of charitable gifts, we, too, can create a monument in our time, to our community and to our families.  We can begin preparing for the future now with a planned gift that will ensure that our legacy lives on for generations to come.

What is Planned Giving?

A planned gift is any gift, in any amount, given for any purpose to a charitable organization. It is usually a deferred gift (to be given at a later date) or a current and deferred gift (donation is received immediately, but access is restricted until a later date. This type of gift generally requires the help of professional advisors such as an attorney, accountant, or financial planner and is one that donors incorporate into their financial and/or estate plans.

For more information on planned giving, please contact: 

Development Team

Types of Planned Gifts

  • Bequests
  • Life Insurance
  • IRAs & 401(k)s
  • Life Estate Gifts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts (CLT)
  • Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA)
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT)

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Benefits of Planned Giving

For the organization…

  • Larger gifts
  • Potential to build endowment fund
  • Less dependence on special events


For the donor…

  • Leaving a legacy
  • Income tax deductions
  • Reduction of estate taxes
  • Income return on charitable gifts higher than regular investments
  • Potentially higher inheritance for heirs with appropriate planning

Providing Westmoreland Community Action, Inc. with a planned giving gift helps us in our mission to provide a better quality of life for children and families in Westmoreland County. Whether large or small, your gift gives our programs a secure future and provides the individuals and families that we serve with the knowledge that our services will be available to future generations.

Through your legacy, you and your family have the opportunity to be the “greatest generation” of the future by helping people rebuild their lives.