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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.

“Where’s Scott?”

Debi and Scott Kroman's Story:

The young girls in Lark Cottage eagerly anticipate the monthly evenings with their Special Angels of the Five Acres Children’s Guild.  Debi Kroman wanted to share the experience with her husband Scott but needed to figure out how to entice him to join this group of women.

Debi and Scott are successful professionals whose parents “came from nothing” in Kansas and Europe.  They share solid values and high principles that were passed on by two very different heritages.  The Kormans consider themselves fortunate and want to pass on to the Lark girls the guidance and help they know is crucial.  Debi says, “When you look at our society, you see that life isn’t as simple anymore.  It is not as easy for kids.”  

Without children of their own, Debi and Scott decided to become involved in the lives of children who live in their own community of Altadena.  Debi became a “special friend” to one of Five Acres’ boys but found dealing with separation when he moved on after two years emotionally difficult.  When one of Debi’s clients suggested she join the Guild, she knew she’d found the ideal way to “give back.”   

Scott agreed to come to the Guild’s annual summer barbecue for the Lark girls and “flip the burgers.”  The girls eyed him warily at first but soon decided they liked having a man around the house.  So much so that at the next Guild gathering the girls asked, “Where’s Scott?”  He’s been a regular ever since.

When asked, “Why Five Acres?” Debi and Scott agree that observing up close how their donations are used, the stability of staff who stay for decades, and the stories of “hopeless” cases turning into successes confirm that there’s no better place for them to invest their time and resources.

Debi and Scott have wisely created an estate plan that relieves their families of difficult end-of-life decisions and also ensures that their legacy at Five Acres will live on. 

For information about how you can provide for your loved ones as well as the causes you care about, please contact Cynthia Nickell at (626) 798-6793 Ext. 2250 or email her.