Safe Water Guardians are extraordinary individuals who have embraced Water For People’s vision and have pledged an invaluable gift that reflects their long-term commitment to safe water and sanitation. Guardians have provided for Water For People’s future through planned giving.
We know water changes everything. Sustained access to quality drinking water and sanitation services improves health and education and drives economic productivity. But for us, it’s not just about building wells, installing toilets, and setting up pumps. The ultimate measure of Water For People’s unique model, Everyone Forever, is sustainability. Because we work alongside communities and partners to identify the best solutions, facilitate local investment, and monitor water and sanitation systems over time, we ensure that your gift has a lasting impact.
A gift through your estate plan can be a bequest in your will, a distribution from your revocable trust, or a beneficiary designation of specific assets such as a retirement plan or a life insurance policy. These gifts are revocable and can be altered as your financial situation changes. All planned gifts qualify you for Safe Water Guardian Society membership.
“Many of us want to leave our mark on the world in some positive way. We believe that Water For People is the route to doing just that. As a result of their work, not only do people have access to safe water and sanitation forever, but lives are saved, children learn to read, and women have a more valued place in their communities. As Safe Water Guardians, we have the flexibility to ensure that our own family’s needs will be met, while supporting the needs of so many other families across the globe.”
Marlo and Matt Berg
Safe Water Guardians
Safe Water Guardian Society Benefits:
- You know your gift will benefit communities for generations to come.
- You can create a legacy that reflects your values.
- You will receive a unique Safe Water Guardian lapel pin.
- You can be publicly recognized in our Annual Report.
- You may receive an income tax deduction with certain gifts.
Types of Planned Gifts
A bequest is a gift effected through your will that provides future support for Water For People. Because you may change your will at any time, the gift is revocable. Please work with your financial or estate planning advisor to include Water For People in your will.
Sample Language for a Specific or Percentage Bequest:
“I give, bequeath, and devise [dollar amount/description of asset or X percentage] of my estate to Water For People, a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located at 100 E. Tennessee Ave., Denver, CO 80209, to be used for its general purposes.”
Samples Language for a Residuary Bequest:
“I give, bequeath, and devise [all or X percentage] of the rest, residue, and remainder of property, both real and personal, wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at my death, to Water For People, a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located at 100 E. Tennessee Ave., Denver, CO 80209, to be used for its general purposes.”
Life insurance policy and retirement asset gifts are other means to ensure that your commitment to the mission of Water For People is being supported beyond your lifetime. Please work with your financial or estate planning advisor to name Water For People as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, IRA, 401(k), or other retirement plan.
A life-income gift is irrevocable and enables you to make a long-lasting, potentially tax-deductible contribution to Water For People while providing yourself with income for life. Water For People accepts the following life-income gift:
Charitable Remainder Trust:
A trust that provides for a specified distribution, at least annually, to at least one non-charitable income recipient for a period specified in the trust instrument, with the remainder interest paid to at least one charitable beneficiary. A charitable remainder trust should be set up by you with the help of your estate planning attorney
All planned gifts other than cash or readily marketable securities are subject to further review to ensure they are made in accordance with Water For People’s gift acceptance policies. Water For People is happy to discuss all planned giving opportunities with you. Please call us anytime.