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Giving Beyond

Ways to Give Beyond Your Lifetime

There are several ways to include Five Acres in your will or trust. Suggested legal language is in quotation marks.

“I give to Five Acres located at 760 West Mountain View Street, Altadena, CA 91001 _______% of the residue of my estate.”

Dollar Amount
“I give to Five Acres located at 760 West Mountain View Street, Altadena, CA 91001 the sum of $_______.”

Specific Property
“I give to Five Acres located at 760 West Mountain View Street, Altadena, CA 91001 my interest in [describe property and exact location/address].”

Retirement Plan
Name Five Acres as the beneficiary or as a percentage beneficiary of your retirement plan, for example, “50% to my spouse and 50% to Five Acres located at 760 West Mountain View Street, Altadena, CA 91001.” The portion to Five Acres will not be subject to income taxes.

Charitable Remainder Trust
Contributing appreciated securities, real estate or other asset to a charitable remainder trust can benefit Five Acres in the future and you today. Avoid capital gains tax, receive payments for life or a term of years, and receive a current income tax deduction all without probate.

You Decide
Your gift can be unrestricted as to its use, or restricted for a specific program or restricted to the endowment fund.

Contact Us
For more information about making a gift to Five Acres in your will or trust, please contact Cynthia Nickell at (626) 798-6793 ext. 2250 or email her at cynickell@5acres.org. Please consult your financial advisor.

I Don't See Myself Stopping

Leslie Lyons Story:

Leslie Lyons is the volunteer board member every nonprofit wishes were theirs.  She is generous with her time, her talent, her resources and especially her heart.  

Leslie became acquainted with Five Acres in 2001 when she was a board member at The Salvation Army and it honored Five Acres with the “Others” award.  Five Acres volunteers at the event recognized Leslie as a rising star and recruited her into the San Marino Area Auxiliary.  Leslie immediately joined the committee that produced our annual fund raiser, “A Night at the Academy,” and eventually co-chaired its successor, “Swingin’ on a Star.”  In 2005, she joined the Five Acres board of directors where she’s served on the finance, program, development and board affairs committees.

Early in her career Leslie joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce where she got hooked on helping at-risk children when she played Mrs. Claus delivering toys to local needy children.  She continues this personal connection with vulnerable youth through the San Marino Auxiliary’s Family Friends program for the teenagers living in our group homes as well as our scholarship recipients through support of the Nash Scholarship Fund.

“It’s all about the kids,” Leslie says.  “Five Acres is in the forefront.  You can feel good about giving your time and money here.  There are so many ways to be involved, and I feel appreciated.  The people are genuinely fun to be with.  I don’t see myself ever stopping!”

When it came time to put her estate plan together, Leslie freely admits that it was her attorney who suggested she include charitable contributions, especially given her involvement with The Salvation Army, Tournament of Roses and Five Acres.  “It’s so easy to do.  Why not leave something to what you’ve supported?”

For information about remembering Five Acres children and families in your estate planning, please contact Cynthia Nickell at (626) 798-6793 Ext. 2250 or email her.