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Bequest 2018-04-06T10:10:24+00:00

Together We Can Create A Heritage of Hope

From Braille Institute’s very beginning, bequests have been essential to our financial well being. In fact, they are the most significant means by which Braille Institute receives financial support. And since 1919, hundreds of friends, volunteers, students, and clients have chosen to make bequests to Braille Institute as a meaningful way of being permanently identified with the significant work of the Institute. Each year, bequests help to ensure that thousands of blind and visually impaired people of all ages will have a brighter future.

Perhaps you have thought about making a large charitable gift to Braille Institute, but didn’t think you could afford it right now. Well, virtually everyone has the power to give a gift larger than he or she ever dreamed possible after his or her lifetime—by making a gift called a bequest.

A bequest may be made through a will or trust. Or, it can simply be made by listing Braille Institute as a beneficiary of a bank account, IRA account, life insurance policy, company retirement plan, pension, annuity or other instrument which allows you to designate funds to a beneficiary.

LEGAL DESIGNATION

Leaving a bequest through your will or trust is easy—simply include the following language:

I give (X dollars or X percent or all of the residue of my estate) to Braille Institute of America, Inc., a California Nonprofit Corporation with principal offices located at 741 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029-3594.

Tax Identification Number: 95-1641426
Date of Incorporation: September 20, 1961

At Braille Institute, all unrestricted charitable gifts are used to support our organization’s greatest program, service and capital needs as determined by our Board of Directors. If you have a more specific purpose in mind, please contact us to ensure that we can meet your wishes.

If you would like to learn more about how to remember Braille Institute in your will or trust, or to request our free brochure, A Bequest for Braille Institute, please contact our Department of Philanthropy.


The J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Society

Heritage Society logo

Occasionally, those who make bequests to Braille Institute are unknown to us. We do not learn of their generosity until after they have passed on, leaving us unable to express our gratitude in person. In an effort to ensure that Braille Institute will have the opportunity to say “thank you” to our benefactors, the J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Society was established.

Named after Braille Institute’s founder, The J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Society is our way of honoring those individuals who have provided for Braille Institute’s future through a will, trust, charitable gift annuity, bank account, IRA account, life insurance policy, company retirement plan, pension, commercial annuity or other instrument which allows you to designate funds to a beneficiary. If you have included Braille Institute in your estate plan, we encourage you to register as a J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Society member.

As a member, you will be recognized in the Braille Institute J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Society honor roll, receive a beautiful framed certificate of membership, along with invitations to special Braille Institute events.

Please allow us to thank you in this special way for playing such an essential role in Braille Institute’s future.

For more information about The J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Society, please contact our Department of Philanthropy.

To request our free brochure, The J. Robert Atkinson Heritage Societyplease contact our Department of Philanthropy.  Or, you may listen to an audio version of this brochure.

 

We also invite you to view our list of Heritage Society Members (pdf) as listed in Light, our annual report.

Department of Philanthropy
Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029
Phone: 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553), Ext. 1256
Fax: (323) 663-1428
E-mail: plangift@brailleinstitute.org

Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST), Monday through Friday

For more information on the many types of planned gifts available, please visit our Planned Giving page.

The information discussed here is not intended as legal or tax advice. A prospective donor should seek the advice of a qualified estate and/or tax professional to determine the consequences of his or her gift.


Related links

What to Give
Beyond the immediate donation there are many ways to show your support of Braille Institute’s mission.

Annual Report
A visual and narrative report about Braille Institute’s good works and financial highlights.