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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.

They Should Be Supported

Pauline Ledeen’s Story:

Up the narrow streets at the top of the foothills in southwest Pasadena is Pauline Ledeen’s beautiful home with a 360-degree vista of the city.  At 94 years of age you’d expect to find her relaxing on the veranda taking it all in.  She’s certainly earned retirement.  But Pauline is still putting her law degree to use for those who are on the margins of society. She still goes to the office at the Jewish Committee for Personal Service and has a caseload of inmates in county jail.  

{mosimage}Years ago Pauline tutored children in the second grade at Pasadena’s San Rafael School where she met a little girl who carried a snack of carrots in a sack on her belt.  Pauline commented that her mother must love her very much. The little girl replied that she didn’t have a mother. Pauline deduced that the child was most likely a resident of one of Pasadena’s orphanages.

Someone eventually introduced Pauline to Five Acres. “I became interested in your little people and decided to contribute. I like the concept. These little kids have a home, not like an orphan’s home, not just a place where kids are dumped.  Yours are good programs. They should be supported, that’s all.”

Giving comes naturally to Pauline who grew up in a family whose “charity box” was set out every Friday night into which all members of the family emptied their pockets. “I am glad I grew up with that consciousness. My life has certainly been enriched by giving.  

Pauline’s commitment to help people on the margins of society led her to include the children of Five Acres in her will.  “God has blessed me with meeting people like the folks at Five Acres.” 

For information about ways to remember Five Acres in your estate plan, please contact Cynthia Nickell at (626) 798-6793 Ext. 2250 or email her.