Create a Legacy That Lasts Forever

Including the Otsego County Community Foundation in your estate planning is an easy way for you to make a significant impact on community needs and create a legacy that lasts forever.

The Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who have named the Otsego County Community Foundation as the beneficiary of any type of planned or deferred gift. The purpose is to acknowledge and thank those who have made these gifts and to encourage and inspire others to do the same. Members of the Legacy Society will be recognized in our publications.

Joining the Legacy Society requires two steps. First, arrange for a planned gift to the Foundation. Second, inform the Foundation by submitting the Leave a Legacy form. These forms are also available at the Foundation office.

To leave a gift is easy. Bequests from a will or trust are the most common way to leave a gift to the Foundation. You can set aside a certain dollar amount, or leave a percentage of the estate or assets left over after providing for your family. You can make the Foundation the beneficiary of 401K/IRA plans or insurance policies, or establish a Charitable Gift Annuity or a Charitable Remainder Trust in favor of the Foundation. All qualify an individual or couple for membership in the Society.

Your gift will be completely confidential. We will not ask how much is being left to the Foundation. You are, however, encouraged to discuss your gifts with us to make sure we comply with your wishes, because your gift will be endowed and grants from it will be made in perpetuity. The name you choose for your Fund and your plans for its distribution will be filed confidentially. Then, you are assured that your plans will be followed exactly as you have outlined them to us. Your instructions to us can be changed at any time with a simple phone call to the office.

Thank you. We are pleased, through the Legacy Society, to recognize the people who are planning for gifts today that will provide significant benefits to our community in the future. Because of your generosity, Otsego County will continue to grow generations to come.

Legacy Society Members
Brad and Dana Bensinger
Scott Chesley
Bill and Liz Forreider
Duane Jasinski
Tom Wagar

Click here to complete the legacy society membership form