Leave a Legacy

We know there are many decisions to be made when making estate or financial plans. By designating a gift to "I Have A Dream" in those plans, you can Leave a Legacy that helps support a program dedicated to improving the lives of the low-income youth in Boulder County.

What is a Charitable Bequest?

A bequest is a gift you make to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County through your will, which indicates your desire to leave something of value toward the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County’s future work. A charitable bequest can be a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the value of your total estate, a gift of stock or life insurance or even real estate.  

This thoughtful method of gifting can be created as simply as adding a paragraph to a will.

If you own appreciated securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds held by you for more than one year), donating them to “I Have A Dream” may allow you to reduce or avoid more capital gains taxes and receive a federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also designate our organization as the beneficiary of your securities. This type of gift can be especially appealing if you are holding shares that have appreciated significantly in value but yield a low dividend.

Life Insurance
Similarly, if you have excess life insurance, you may enjoy tax benefits by designating “I Have A Dream” as the beneficiary (primary or secondary) of an existing life insurance policy.

Retirement Plans
At the time of death, qualified retirement plan assets may be subjected to both estate and deferred income tax, which combined can use up most of the funds. You can designate “I Have A Dream” as a tax-free beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA, Keogh, tax-sheltered annuity, qualified pension or profit-sharing plan. A charitable gift of insurance proceeds or the remainder of retirement plan is normally deductible from the donor’s estate.

We welcome gifts of all shapes and sizes. The spirit behind every gift is the same.

Recommended Language for Bequests and Testamentary Gifts

Donors wishing to designate a gift to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County in their will or trust should use the following language: “I wish to give (choose the appropriate language) a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the estate or a specific number of shares of a specified security to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, 5390 Manhattan Circle, Suite 200, Boulder, Colorado 80303, Attention: Lori Canova, Chief Executive Officer."

“I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County may be contacted at www.ihaveadreamboulder.org or 303-444-3636.

Use of Gifts

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation will work with donors and their advisors to identify the purpose within “I Have A Dream” that most closely meets the donor’s wishes.  

♦    If the gift is $30,000 or more, the donor may create a named fund.

♦    Donors may request that their gift go to address a specific “I Have A Dream” program:

o    Tutoring
o    Mentoring
o    Computer Technology
o    Family Outreach
o    Summer
o    Counseling and Life Skills
o    Enrichment and Community Service
o    Career and College Preparation
o    Scholarships

♦    Donors may also request that their gift be used for general purposes and thereby designating gifts to the annual campaign.

Why "I Have a Dream"

Depending on the gift you choose, you can enjoy certain tax benefits and the peace of mind in knowing that your gift will support our proven, long-term academic and career preparation programs and an organization that is recognized on the Social Impact Exchange S&I 100. A gift to "I Have A Dream" is also a gift to the community, a gift that will help halt the cycle of poverty and create a more vibrant and thriving community.

Gift Acknowledgement     

If you have remembered “I Have A Dream” in your will or revocable living trust, or are planning to, please let us know. We would like to thank you now and invite you to join our Leave a Legacy Circle.