For a homeless kid without a family, there is no such thing as an inheritance - no nest egg passed from generation to generation. But through your legacy, our kids will know that someone remembered them - and did plan for their future by funding programs that will keep them off the streets for good.
Making a gift through your will is an excellent choice if you want to have a lasting impact on the lives of homeless kids long after you are gone, but wish to maintain liquidity and use of your assets during your lifetime. And the full amount of your gift is deductible from your taxable estate.
A bequest can be unrestricted, enabling Casa Alianza to direct your funds where future need is greatest, or restricted for a particular program or Casa Alianza location.
The following language may be helpful:
Example of unrestricted bequest language:
I give (insert dollar amount, property to be given, percentage of the estate, or "the remainder of my estate") to Casa Alianza, a nonprofit corporation, tax identification number 13-2725416, headquartered at 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001, for its general use and purposes.
Example of restricted bequest language:
I give (insert dollar amount, property to be given, percentage of the estate, or "the remainder of my estate") to Casa Alianza, a nonprofit corporation, tax identification number 13-2725416, headquartered at 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001 and is to be used specifically for [insert designation program or location].
Our booklet "Thoughtful Ways to Provide for Our Kids in Your Will" is available to assist you and your advisors in determining what would be best for you. For a copy of this booklet or additional information, please call our Planned Giving department toll free at 800-388-3888, or email us at nlotz@CovenantHouse.org.
If you include Casa Alianza and our kids in your will, please let us know so that we can thank you appropriately. You will also be eligible for membership in the Covenant House Cornerstone, a group of individuals who have made a significant contribution to help our kids.
Read a moving, first-person account of Sen Vitale’s trip to Covenant House in Guatemala, Honduras