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August is National Make-a-Will month and a good reminder that an estate plan is important for everyone, regardless of age or wealth. It will ensure that you take care of and protect your loved ones as well as make important decisions on your own terms.
Consider a Legacy Gift
Legacy Giving is the process of including non-profits that are important to you in your estate plans and is one way to continue to make an impact in your community for generations beyond your lifetime. Everybody’s circumstances are different, and these kinds of gifts can be made in a variety of ways: within your will, as a beneficiary designation, though a Donor Advised Fund, or with appreciated stock.
At Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, that can mean continuing to be a champion of affordable housing and empowering future Bay Area families to realize their potential, build equity, and accomplish their dreams.
Transformational experience turns into a legacy
When John retired from a career as a Bay Area Real Estate Developer, he viewed local affordable housing as a central challenge for communities wanting economic development and over time the jobs-housing imbalance only worsened the challenge.
After his retirement, John discovered Habitat Greater San Francisco and believed in its innovative approach to providing affordable homeownership so much that he became a volunteer and served on the Board of Directors.
For over 12 years, he witnessed firsthand what owning an affordable home meant to hundreds of families who had been spending over 50% of their income on rental housing and leaving little money for other essentials. He believed the impact of homeownership was transformational for both families and communities.
To John, Habitat Greater San Francisco was an example of making an impact and showing how great things can be accomplished when people of all walks of life come together and work on a problem that affects everyone.
His involvement with Habitat Greater San Francisco was so meaningful that he and his wife, Kristine, included Habitat GSF in their estate plan – turning his transformational experience into a transformative legacy gift to benefit local families well into the future.
When you include Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco in your estate plans and let us know about your intent, we recognize you as a member of the Habitat Greater San Francisco Legacy Circle which honors legacy donors who are committed to our local communities’ future families and the promise of homeownership.
Visit our Legacy Giving website for more information and resources to make your own estate plan, including how you can give a legacy gift and help to strengthen our impact in the Bay Area.